Football in Illinois is already taking advantage of the Joliet Catholic program as a new hire in the 2022 class.
But Brett Brierema and his staff are working on it again. Linebacker Malachi Hood became the ninth prospect to verbally promise Illinois on Monday and pledge to Illinois. And the first on the defensive side of the ball.
He is Joliet Catholic’s second commitment to Illinois, after Jordan Anderson performed a running back in late April.
Hood is a 6-foot 2, 210-pound prospect, with a 3-star prospect according to 247sports, but not ranked according to Rivals. When he arrives in Illinois, he works with linebacker coach Andy Buh or outside linebacker coach Kevin Kane.
At this time, Hood received an offer from Illinois only, and he received only one offer from Illinois last Wednesday.
But with the interest of other big ten schools, including Northwestern University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin, he wasn’t wasted long in choosing a college home for the future.
Mr. Hood’s commitment on Monday was after an official visit to Illinois last weekend, and was the first big weekend for Mr. Bierema and his staff to welcome prospects to campus during their tenure.
Hood thanked his parents, family, coaches and others in explaining his decision before announcing his decision.
“Finally, I would like to thank Director Bierema, Director Boo, and Director Kane for giving me a chance. They were a choice I wouldn’t regret,” wrote Hood. I decided to continue my academic and physical education career. “
With Anderson’s high school teammates, Hood joins Rochester wide receiver Hank Beatty, Brother Rice’s tight-end Henry Boyer, and Iroquois West’s Offensive Lineman Clayton Leonard for the 2022 class. Make a commitment in the state.
Quarterback Donovan Really in Sicklerville, NJ, Tight End Owen Anderson in Princeton, NJ, Joey Okura, Offensive Lineman, Heartland, Wisconsin, Offensive Lineman Hunter Whitenack, New Carlisle, Indiana, also ranked 27 I am a member of the Irini class. According to Rivals, it ranks 29th in Japan, and according to 247sports, it ranks 29th.
Illinois now has nine commitments, the most of the Big Ten West team.