Illinois Football Recruiting 2012: Illini Hope To Finish Strong On National Signing Day

The challenge for new head coach Tim Beckman, as it is for most in his situation, is to keep as much of the current class intact as possible while also making up ground on the recruiting trail and building on the class where it is still lacking. Beckman and his staff have earned several commitments since taking over the coaching duties, and they may not be finished just yet.

Related: Illinois Football Recruiting: RB Devin Church Switches Commitment From Northern Illinois To Illini

One prospect they would like to add to their 2012 class on national signing day is offensive lineman Johnny Caspers, who was a Stanford commitment at one time. Caspers, a three-star prospect according to, visited Illinois recently and earned a scholarship offer.

As for the prospects currently on board, they are listed below:

Name Pos Location Ht Wt
Star Rating
Rivals Rating Committed
Committed - Not Yet Signed
BJ Bello DB New Lenox, IL 6'2" 205
2 stars 5.4 1/29/12
Mike Svetina LB Brunswick, OH 6'2" 220
3 stars 5.5 1/29/12
Devin Church RB Southfield, MI 5'8" 175
3 stars 5.6 1/22/12
Justin Hardee ATH Cleveland, OH 6'1" 185
2 stars 5.4 1/22/12
Jevaris Little DB St. Petersburg, FL 6'1" 180
3 stars 5.5 1/22/12
T.J. Neal LB McKeesport, PA 6'1" 225
3 stars 5.7 1/15/12
Teko Powell DT Miami, FL 6'2" 285
3 stars 5.6 1/5/12
Ryan Frain K Indianapolis, IN 6'1" 210
2 stars 5.3 12/21/11
Mason Monheim LB Orrville, OH 6'1" 215
3 stars 5.5 12/19/11
Dami Ayoola RB Ft. Lauderdale, FL 5'10" 201
3 stars 5.7 11/24/11
Robbie Bain OL Bolingbrook, IL 6'3" 300
3 stars 5.6 11/16/11
Vontrell Williams DT Chicago, IL 6'2" 275
3 stars 5.7 9/16/11
Taylor Barton DB Orlando, FL 6'1" 200
3 stars 5.5 8/7/11
Joey Warburg OL Louisville, KY 6'5" 255
3 stars 5.5 7/24/11
Joseph Spencer OL Mason, OH 6'4" 270
3 stars 5.7 7/14/11
TaJarvis Fuller DB Fort Myers, FL 6'1" 185
3 stars 5.6 6/15/11
Jason Robertson WR Mokena, IL 6'1" 185
2 stars 5.4 5/12/11
Elliot Faerber WR Shawnee Mission, KS 6'5" 208
3 stars 5.5 3/16/11

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago, and for more in-depth Illinois recruiting coverage, visit Hail to the Orange. Click on the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.

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