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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Illini in final two for DB deciding soon

By Jared Shanker

Illinois officially missed out on in-state Crete-Monee target Laquon Treadwell on Thursday. The Illini staff hopes it can at least pull his teammate now.

Illini coach Tim Beckman offered Crete (Ill.) Crete-Monee cornerback Jaylen Dunlap on Tuesday, and Dunlap will officially visit Champaign this weekend.

“I’ve been talking to them since toward the end of the season,” Dunlap said. “They came by the school and grabbed my grades and told me they’d let me know [on an offer].”

Dunlap already had the size, toughness and speed the Illini want in a cornerback, and once his grades checked out they extended the offer.

The college town of Champaign has hosted Dunlap before, but never for a college visit.

“The state [championship] game was the only time I touched ground on campus,” Dunlap said.

Dunlap is down to Western Michigan and Illinois and said he will decide by Monday the latest. He already visited the Broncos the weekend of Jan. 11.

Western Michigan’s coaching staff made a big impression on Dunlap, showing the 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior how much the Broncos want him. He is hoping to get the same feel from the Illini coaches as well as a breakdown of the academics.

“I just want to feel comfortable around the coaches, talk to admissions and talk to the professors and the dean," he said.

If he likes what he sees, Dunlap said he could commit to Illinois.

“Probably,” he started. He then added, “I might, might not.”