The 2019 National Signing Day is coming to a close, but the Big Ten has made some splashes.

The Fighting Illini rank 14th in the conference when it comes to the Class of 2019 rankings according to 247Sports. Illinois has 13 total commits, which is the fewest in the conference.

Despite that, Lovie Smith talked about a number of players and recruiting in general on Wednesday during his press conference and sounded quite optimistic.