Illinois lands fifth commitment in May with pledge from heavily-recruited OL out of St. Louis
The month of May has been very productive for Lovie Smith and the Illinois staff. With another commitment on Saturday, the Fighting Illini have landed five verbal pledges in the last three weeks.
Three-star offensive guard Brody Wisecarver announced with a post on Twitter that he has committed to Illinois. The St. Louis native is the highest-ranked member in the Illini’s 2021 class and becomes the sixth prospect in this cycle.
“I wanna keep this short and sweet. I’ve been greatly blessed with size, strength, and love parents that have allowed me to play football,” Wisecarver said on Twitter. “To every coach and player that I have played for, to Elite Performance, and my 2019 state football champion brothers at Desmet Jesuit, I wouldn’t be here without all of you and I truly thank you all. With all that I am committing to play for the Fighting Illini.”
— Broderick Wisecarver (@bwise9869) May 23, 2020
Wisecarver ranks as the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Missouri and is listed as the No. 18 offensive guard in the 2021 recruiting class, per 247Sports. He’s also ranked No. 347 overall, narrowly missing out on a four-star rating.
Several teams showed interest in Wisecarver, as he received nine offers on the recruiting front. He chose Illinois over other programs including Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa State, Arizona, Michigan State,Western Michigan, Louisville and West Virginia.
Per his recruiting profile, the 6-foot-4, 317-pound Wisecarver uses his strength to easily move defenders and get to the second level. He has the ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line but still needs to work on his quickness once he gets to the B1G.
With Wisecarver’s commitment, Illinois has jumped in the recruiting rankings to No. 60 overall in the 2021 class. The Fighting Illini are still ranked last among B1G programs on the recruiting front early in this cycle.