June 4, 2007

Illini connection for defender

Over the years, numerous top prospects called Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt (Md.) home. Recently, Will Davis and Travon Bellamy, Roosevelt alumni, headed west to Champaign to give the Illini defense a lift.

Illinois coaches hope that trend continues this year with 6-foot-1, 192-pound safety Okechuckwa Okoroha.

Despite Okoroha's positive statements about the Illini program, no favorites stand out at the moment. He has offers from Illinois, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland, UConn, North Carolina, Boston College, Temple, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Clemson.

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