What the Illini will be looking for in the 2017 recruiting class

What the Illini will be looking for in the 2017 recruiting class

The University of Illinois has narrowed down its recruiting class to three top-tier talent targets.

The school announced Thursday it has narrowed the list to three players who have the potential to become the top-ranked recruits in the Big Ten.

The four-star players, who were announced Thursday, are wide receiver Daejon Wilson, offensive lineman Ryan Krol and defensive tackle Tyler Karras.

Wilson, who was ranked as the No. 6 player in the country and the No, 2 player in Ohio, will enroll at Illinois in 2018.

Wilson is the son of former Illinois quarterback Josh Wilson.

He is a five-star recruit nationally and the son has been rated as the top offensive lineman in the class of 2019.

The other two recruits are offensive linemen Dylan Dickson, the No 3 offensive lineman and offensive tackle Deon Jackson.

Dickson is a four-year starter for the Illinis and Jackson has been a member of the team since 2013.

The four-time All-Big Ten selection was named the 2017 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder has been listed as the best offensive tackle in the 2018 class by 247Sports.

Wilson was ranked the No 1 overall prospect in the nation by 247 Sports.

He had offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Northwestern.

He was also a member, along with two other top recruits, of the 2016 class that had Michigan State’s Matt Dayes as the only quarterback on the board.

Wilson’s recruiting prowess is evident when he was named to the Big East All-Freshman Team.

He also was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2019, the college football’s highest honor for a quarterback.

Wilson’s final offer came from Michigan State in February 2020.

He was also the top recruit for Wisconsin in 2018 and 2019.

Wilson, who is also a four time All-American and an all-conference performer, was the No 11 player in Wisconsin’s class in 2018 before transferring to Illinois in 2019.

He will be the Illinos first top-100 recruit in program history.

Wilson will join a line-up that includes five-year senior quarterback Andrew Franks, five-time Big Ten offensive lineman Kevin Davis, five year senior linebacker Nick Storkel, five time Big Ten linebacker David Johnson and four- and five-game starter Kevin Johnson.

The other five players will be freshmen.