Smalling is the leader in this class, according to Scout. He is the No. 48 wide receiver in the class of 2017 and is clocked in at running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash.
Green is listed as a three-star with Scout and the No. 98 wide receiver overall, but other recruiting outlets actually have him as a four-star. He enrolled early into Illinois and is going to be suiting up for spring practice in less than a month.
Smith is the final member of this great trio. He is the No. 118 wide receiver in the class of 2017 and a player that will make a huge impact on this offense early on.
Illinois might not be done with just these three great players either. They have their eyes set on some more recruits that will make an impact as well.
Louis Dorsey is someone to keep an eye on for Illini fans. He is listed by Scout as the No. 73 wide receiver in the class of 2017, but he can play tight end too.
Dorsey is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound monster that will be a red zone target for the next four years. His visit schedule is Illinois this weekend, Baylor on January 23, and UCF on January 27.
Roberson is the No. 139 wide receiver in the class of 2017 and someone that Illinois has been pushing for the last few weeks, specifically.
If Illinois can get both of these talented wide receivers to join the other three they would make for one great class.
But, as of right now there are only three wide receivers committed. Is this still one of the best wide receiver classes the Illini have brought in?
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Looking back at previous recruiting classes, there aren’t too many that actually rival the one that is being brought in for 2017.
The most recent decent class was 2014 when Mike Dudek and Malik Turner committed who were the No. 72 and No. 124 wide receivers in that class, respectively. Geronimo Allison also transferred in that year as well.
But, at face value, that class still wasn’t as good as the class coming in this year.
The next comparable class was in 2009 when Terry Hawthorne and Steve Hull committed to Illinois.
Hawthorne was the No. 11 wide receiver and the No. 123 player in the class of 2017. He ended up playing cornerback for the Illini and was actually really good on the defensive side of the ball.
Hull was the No. 79 wide receiver in that class. He ended up switching over to safety for the first three years of his career before moving back to wide receiver and having a great season his senior year.
At face value, this class of wide receivers was right there with the class coming in, but neither recruit made much of an impact at the position while with the Illini.
The best group of wide receivers to commit to Illinois was the class of 2008.
This class consisted of four of the top 80 wide receivers that year. Those wide receivers included Cordale Scott, AJ Jenkins, Russell Ellington, and Supo Sanni. This group also consisted of No. 176 wide receiver Fred Sykes.
Scott didn’t play much in his first two years at Illinois and later transferred to play under Tim Beckman at Toledo.