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Recruiting sites are far apart on Illinois’ new 2025 football commitment

Recruiting sites are far apart on Illinois’ new 2025 football commitment

Recruiting sites are far apart on Illinois’ new 2025 football commitment

While many were eating hot dogs, cheeseburgers and setting off fireworks, the Illinois football team was expanding its class of 2025.

Heading into the holiday weekend, the Illini had 12 commitments and were ranked 46th in the national recruiting rankings. That’s a great start, as we’re about halfway through our commitment allotment.

Illinois continued to add players to this large group on Thursday, when Jershaun Newton took to social media to announce that he was committing to the Orange and Blue.

Newton is a 6-foot-10, 200-pound athlete from Clearwater Central Catholica in Florida. He is rated as a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 41 in the state of Florida. He is also the No. 8 athlete in the country.

It wasn’t easy for the Illini to get this team. We had to compete with some of the big names in college football, as teams like Florida State and Miami (FL) wanted Newton. However, Illinois ended up winning.

It looks like Illinois has a good player in Newton. He is the brother of former Illinois great Jer’Zhan “Johnny” Newton, so football talent runs through his veins.

Newton can also play a lot of different positions. He’s a talented defensive player, as he plays linebacker and safety for his high school program. But it looks like, according to Jonah Puls of Rivals.com, Newton will also get a chance at quarterback at Illinois.

While it’s still being decided what position Newton will play at Illinois, all we know is that recruiting sites have wildly differing opinions when it comes to evaluating Newton on the field.

Rivals consider Newton a top-tier recruit. As mentioned above, they have him as a four-star recruit and the No. 8 athlete in the class of 2025. He is also the 40th player to come out of Florida.

On the other end of the spectrum is 247Sports. They have Newton as a three-star recruit and the No. 112 athlete in the class of 2025. They also have him as the No. 160 player in the state of Florida.

I’ve seen plenty of differences of opinion over the years, but this difference is baffling. I’m guessing that Rivals has probably evaluated Newton much more recently than 247Sports, hence Newton’s ranking is up to date with Rivals.

There are too many top programs that wanted Newton for 247Sports to have him this low in the recruiting rankings. In addition to the aforementioned Florida State and Miami (FL), Newton also received scholarship offers from teams like Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia, to name a few.

I’m excited to see what Newton can do in an Illinois uniform. This kid is a great athlete who has the opportunity to be a standout player on both ends of the court.

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