Illinois lands in-state offensive lineman recruit, first pledge of 2025 class
Illinois has kept up with its recent momentum on the line of scrimmage with its first pledge in the 2025 class.
Michael McDonough, a 6-foot-3 and 275-pound interior offensive lineman, committed to the Illini. He’s from Tinley Park, Illinois and plays for Victor J Andrew High School. He has a reported 6 offers, including Purdue, Colorado and Boston College.
McDonough shared the news on social media:
“I am so grateful and excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academic and athletic career at The University of Illinois! First I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me over the years and supporting me throughout this whole process. I would also like to all the coaches who supported me and pushed me to be the best version of myself. Finally I would like to thank God for giving me this great opportunity.”
It’s the third time in 4 recruiting cycles under that Illinois’ first commitment in a high school recruiting class is an offensive lineman. Earlier, it was Joey Okla (2022) and Brandon Hansen (2024).
McDonough joins a lineman group in the future that includes Hansen, TJ McMillen and Brandon Henderson. There’s also Eddie Tuerk, who will begin his career as a defensive lineman.
— MICHAEL MCDONOUGH (@McDonough_66) January 19, 2024
Here are his highlights from Hudl: