Illinois lands commitment from talented safety out of Kansas on eve of Signing Day
Illinois added a new face to the famILLy on Tuesday with a commitment from Kansas transfer defensive back Tanner Heckel, who shared the news on social media.
“I am blessed and thankful to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Illinois,” he wrote.
This is a sleeper move for the Illini, as Heckel is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, as he starred for Lyndon High School in eight-man football in Kansas. Heckel took a visit to Illinois in January.
Heckel played quarterback and ran for 2,313 yards and 50 touchdowns while passing for 1,062 yards and 19 touchdowns, according to 247Sports. On defense, he totaled 81 tackles and seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He was named 8-man Player of the Year in Kansas.
Heckel also excelled in track and field, and won state championships in long jump and triple jump.
— Tanner Heckel (@TannerHeckel1) February 6, 2024
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 6, 2024
Here are his highlights from Hudl: