May 17, 2011

Illinois offers Florida OG

Illinois needs consistent offensive line play to remain a yearly threat to be the Big Ten's best running team. The Illini return a veteran offensive line unit heading into the 2011 season, but the offensive coaches currently are on the recruiting trail looking for more top prospects to pave the way for future running backs.

Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay offensive guard Daniel Isidora is one prospect who Illinois is interested in, and the Illini recently extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-3, 330-pound mauler.

"Everything is going good, and I've got some good offers," said Isidora. "Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and several more have offered. I don't really have a list of top schools at this point."

Isidora doesn't know much about the Illinois program, but he came away impressed with offensive line coach Joe Gilbert after the coach made a trip to his high school recently.

"I feel like coach Gilbert is a good coach that knows what he's doing with the offensive line," said Isidora. "I didn't know anything about [Gilbert] or Illinois before he offered me, so I'll have to learn more about them. I haven't researched the school yet, but I will be doing that soon."

Isidora has yet to plan any college visits, and he said he and his high school coaches will meet at the end of spring to discuss summer plans.

"I have to sit down at the end of spring with my coaches to see where I'll be taking my summer visits," said Isidora. "I'd be interested in coming to visit Illinois over the summer."

Isidora said his strength is run blocking, but he doesn't have a preference about what type of offense he plays in college.

"We play the spread offense at my high school, but I feel like I could adjust to any type of offense," he said. "It won't matter what offense my future college plays. My decision will be based more on football stability and academics. I want to major in sports management, so I'll be looking into what colleges have that program."

Isidora remains focused on his senior season, and he has no set timeline for when he will finish up his recruitment.

"I'll be working a lot on my pass blocking and conditioning heading into next year," he said. "Our goal as a team is to go to state, but we have to work hard and focus on the little things. I really don't have a timeline or anything set for when I want to make my college decision."

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