Fighting Illini pull in top recruit DB

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema has pledged to spend more time on in-state recruiting. On Wednesday, Amos Alonzo Stagg standout wide receiver and defensive back Timothy Griffin, Jr. had announced over twitter that he will continue his football playing career in Champaign with the Illini for the remainder of his career.

Griffin broke Stagg’s all-time receiving yards record, along with the single-season mark in 2021. He had 41 receptions for 829 yards and 6 touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the ball, he had 25 tackles, 14 solos and 11 assists with 1 interception.

Despite his top ranked stats, Stagg High’s team struggled mightily, finishing the season 0-9.

A two-way player, Griffin has been a consistent force on both sides of the ball, and Bielema has lived up to his pledge on in-state recruiting.

The Palos Hills, Illinois native was named First-team All Southwest Suburban Conference and is Illinois 17th commit from the Class of 2022.

The Fighting Illini now have 17 commits in their 2022 recruiting class following TJ Griffin’s commitment.


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