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New Mexico offensive tackle J.C. Davis commits to Illinois

The big left tackles projects as a plug-and-play starter


Illinois football received a literally and metaphorically massive transfer commitment from University of New Mexico offensive tackle J.C. Davis.

Last season, Davis was named first-team all Mountain West. His 87.1 PFF pass blocking grade rated in the top 20 in the nation.

Illinois had a gaping hole at left tackle after the departure of Julian Pearl. Luke Altmyer struggled when under pressure last season. Protecting his blind side will undoubtedly help the Illini offense cut down on turnovers.

A healthy Davis is likely to be a day one starter in Champaign. While the Illini still have work to do in the portal on the offensive line, Davis is a massive step in the right direction. He is a proven standout offensive lineman who naturally projects as a tackle.

The Oakland, California native chose the Illini over multiple Power Five offers.

Bart Miller’s recruiting victory lap continues.