- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois expects to take a full class in 2013, and the Illini are closing in on that goal with another commitment Saturday.
Miguel Hermosillo (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) committed to the Illini while on a visit to Champaign on Saturday morning, becoming the 19th member in the Illini's 2013 class.
The visit began around 8:30 Saturday morning and Hermosillo received a campus tour for the first time. He has been to several Illinois games but rarely saw the campus. He also saw the facilities and equipment room before getting a chance to watch practice.
“I fell in love with everything. I had an idea I wanted to come here before the visit, and after the visit I was for sure,” Hermosillo said. “Everything was nice and I love the coaching staff, even the people I don’t deal with every day. I talked to a couple other recruits coming in and feel it’s the best opportunity for me.”
A running back/slot receiver, the 5-foot-10, 189-pound Hermosillo had a top two of Illinois and Northern Illinois. The Illini were taking their time with Hermosillo at first, and Hermosillo was doing the same with the recruiting process. He wanted to take a few official visits, but he changed his mind once preseason practices began at Ottawa. Hermosillo believes his team is a playoff contender and wanted to concentrate on his senior season.
The Illini staff also felt like it did not need to see any more film on Hermosillo either as his versatility can bring some extra dimensions to the new spread offense under coach Tim Beckman.
“I’ll be coached under Coach Billy Gonzales and the receivers. I’ll pretty much be like a slot guy type of deal, but they also said if that doesn’t work out or even if it does they still want to add me in the backfield maybe,” Hermosillo said. “Coach Beckman is going to try some guys both ways. He wants the best 11 players on the field, so I have the opportunity where I could play tailback or cornerback and also special teams is a big part.”
A star on the diamond as well, Hermosillo could play baseball during the spring for the Illini. Hermosillo’s uncle is former major league pitcher Dave Stewart, who won three World Series titles and a World Series MVP during his career.
The staff wants Hermosillo to at least wait until after the spring game his freshman year before he makes a decision on playing baseball.
“Illinois baseball has been recruiting me since eighth grade so they’re excited too I’m on a football scholarship,” he said. “That first full year until the end of the spring I’ll concentrate on football, and then I can go play.”
Eastern Illinois, Toledo and Western Illinois also offered Hermosillo.
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