It’s been a pretty solid week for the Illinois Football staff. On Saturday, the Illini secured their fourth 2021 commitment in roughly a week and a half from St. Louis offensive tackle, Brody Wisecarver.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder held offers from West Virginia, Michigan State, Louisville, and Iowa State. Wisecarver, a DeSmet High School product, comes in ranked as a top-350 recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Wisecarver joins Trevor Moffitt, Sedarius McConnell, Prince Green and Daniel Edwards as the fifth commit for the Illini in the month of May and sixth recruit total in the 2021 class.
You could called it the Cory Patterson affect, as the Illini retain their steady progress of recruiting in St. Louis — the same place Patterson used to both coach at and call home.
Wisecarver is a highly ranked recruit. In fact, 247 Sports ranks Wisecarver as the fourth ranked prospect in the state of Missouri. He brings the Illini a big bodied lineman who is known for finishing blocks.
He played primarily left tackle in high school, but projects long term to be more of a right tackle or guard according to scouts. His versatility allows him to pull and get ahead of running backs on screens and runs outside of the hash marks, something Rod Smith has been known to look for in his offensive linemen.
With the Illini expected to lose four members or even the entire starting lineup of offensive lineman after the 2020 season due to both the draft and graduation, Wisecarver could make an immediate impact come 2021.
Nonetheless, Wisecarver serves as both a big addition to the 2021 recruiting class, but also another a strong step in the right direction for Illini recruiting.
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