ISU football coach Brock Spack announced a 16-player recruiting class Wednesday. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Bryan Bloodworth
Illinois State football coach Brock Spack wanted players with length, who hailed from good programs in this year's recruiting class.
He believes this year's 16-man recruiting class that was announced Wednesday on National Signing Day fits the bill. When added to the three mid-year transfers, 19 new players will be in uniform for the 2013 season.
"The central theme you'll hear us keep saying about this class is from a good program, from a good program, from a good program," said Spack. "Winners produce winners and that's what these guys come from. They come from very, very strong high school or junior college programs. They are used to winning."
The class included four defensive ends, two wide receivers, a pair of tight ends, two safeties, two offensive linemen, a linebacker, a running back, a defensive back and a kicker-punter. Seven players came from the state of Illinois, including Central Catholic High School's George Hoselton.
"We wanted length. Long defensive linemen if we could find them. Longer defensive backs if could find them. Receivers and guys with length on offense. But our main emphasis was players with length who could play defense," Spack continued.
"I think we addressed our needs and fit our priorities with this class and the three mid-year additions. We have to be smart and selective with our scholarships and I think we managed that well. I think we solidified our depth and filled some holes on the roster left by graduation. Overall, it was a good year recruiting-wise for us."
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