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Jahleel Billingsley Commits to Alabama

The 4-star TE of of Chicago’s Phillips Academy is going to Bama.

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Jahleel Billingsley has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Billingsley is a top five rated player in the state of Illinois and a top 15 tight end nationally.

Illinois was in contention for Billingsley, and were recruiting him earlier in the process than most other schools. He released a top seven list back in March that listed Illinois among others, but most notably not Alabama.

It’s not terribly surprising given that Alabama not only the best college football team in America, but they are also one of the few teams that heavily utilize tight ends in their offense.

Illinois on the other hand is switching to a run-heavy option offense under new offensive coordinator Rod Smith. While working as an assistant under Rich Rodriguez, their offenses never used tight ends heavily in the passing game, and Illinois also has a young TE in Louis Dorsey on the roster.

But still there was hope. Billingsley wore Illinois gear at several high profile events.

At the end of the day, Alabama is nearly impossible to turn down. They will continue to be in the national title hunt each year, and have an offense that better fits Billingsley’s skill set.

Illinois is in many recruting battles with some of the blue bloods of college football, and when you are Illinois, you will lose more of those battles than you win.

In another world where Illinois was a team that consistently went to bowl games, Illinois could have had a shot at a recruit like Billingsley. Illinois will have to start showing some more promise in order to keep some elite in-state prospects in Illinois.

According to 247 Sports the 2019 class for Illinois currently ranks 57th nationally and 12th in the Big Ten.

Illinois Football 2019 Commits July 6

Player Posistion Height Weight Hometown
Player Posistion Height Weight Hometown
Isaiah Williams QB/Ath 5' 10" 170 lbs St. Louis
Marquez Beason WR/DB 5' 11" 173 lbs Dallas
Bryce Childress WR 5' 9" 159 lbs St. Louis
Joseph Thompson DB 5' 10" 160 lbs Chicago
Griffin Moore TE 6' 4" 225 lbs Bloomington, Ill.
D'Ante Cox (Walk-on transfer) WR 6' 1" 180 lbs Rochester, Ill.
Kyron Cumby RB 5' 7" 160 lbs Plano, Texas
Nick Fedanzo RB 6' 0" 200 lbs Lombard, Ill.
Camilo Eifler (Transfer) LB 6' 1" 225 lbs Berkley, Calif.
Fabian McCray WR 6' 1" 177 lbs Chicago

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