The following is a look at the players currently on Illini’s roster heading into fall camp: DE Jonathan Bullard, Jr., (6-2, 250, Louisville) A four-star prospect from the Louisville area, Bullard is considered the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker prospect, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
He was one of four top-10 prospects on Illi’s 2016 recruiting class.
Bullard will have to pass his physical to be eligible to play for Illini this fall.
DT Michael Young, Sr., (5-10, 230, South Carolina) Young was one the top players in the 2016 recruiting cycle and will have a chance to make a case for a starting spot.
He is considered a four-year starter at the defensive end position and has been a leader on and off the field.
LB Jaylon Thomas, Jr. (6, 230 pounds), is a five-star recruit who is a two-time All-SEC pick and a three-time first-team All-American.
Thomas was a top-15 recruit in his state of South Carolina and has committed to the Illini.
LB Jonathan Bullards, Jr./Jr., (7-1, 255, Louisville, Sr.)
Bullards is considered to be the best inside linebacker in the nation.
He had three-plus sacks in four seasons at Louisville and will be an asset to the team.
LB James White, Jr.; (6.5-2½, 225, Florida State) White is the nation the leader in tackles for loss, and he was a consensus All-ACC pick in 2016.
The 6-2 White will compete with other high-profile defensive linemen for a spot.
LB Jake Epperson, (6’3, 225), is the only linebacker currently on the Illi roster who was a two time All-South Carolina First Team selection, and the former four-sport athlete will have an opportunity to make the Illinis defense better in the coming seasons.
LB Andrew Dillard, (5’10, 195, Washington State) Dillard was one one of the top linebackers in the country last season, and a six-year senior in high school.
He will compete for a backup spot.
CB Trevon Smith, (7’0, 170, Washington) Smith is a four year starter at cornerback and will compete to make his mark on the defense in 2019.
The former four star prospect out of Georgia is considered one of this year’s top five defensive backs in the conference.
S/CB Darius Wade, (3-11, 185, Ohio State) Wade is a three time first team All-Big Ten selection and will likely compete for an impact role in the secondary.
WR Jake Heaps, (4-10/215, Oregon) Heaps is a talented, rangy receiver who is an All-Pac 12 selection.
Heaps was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and is a lock to be drafted in the top 10.
DE Jordon Brown, (8-0, 265, Miami) Brown was a five star recruit and a consensus all-conference pick as a senior.
He received offers from a number of programs, including Florida, Florida Atlantic, USC and Washington.
DE Dontrell Hall, (0-2/0, Clemson) Hall is a linebacker prospect and a four time first-teamer in his conference.
He played at the top of the depth chart for Clemson as a sophomore and junior and earned All-America honors for both seasons.
WR Dontay Williams, (2-11/150, Notre Dame) Williams was a three star recruit who will compete against the likes of Marqise Lee and Dont’a Hightower to make an impact in 2018.
WR Anthony McBrayer, (9-0/165, Ohio) McBryder is the best wide receiver in the Big Ten and a unanimous first-Team All-Freshman Team selection in 2017.
WR Tyree Robinson, (1-11) Robinson was a four star recruit in 2018 who is rated the No. 5 wide receiver prospect in the 2018 class.
WR James Washington, (11-2) Washington is the No of the three receivers currently on Ilini’s depth chart.
Washington is a junior from Chicago and will battle with two-way player Jalen Hurts for a role on the offense.
WR Ryan Wylie, (13-0) Wylis is a seven-year player from Illinois and the No-2 tight end in the 2019 class.
He finished his career with 7,895 receiving yards and 59 touchdowns.
LB Nick VanDerWerff, (23-1-1) VanDerwerff was a fourth-team all-state selection in 2018 and a member of the 2015 recruiting class, as well as a three year starter for Illinois.
LB Justin Crawford, (17-1/130,