November 5, 2007

JC lineman has offers

Maurice Mears, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle from Rock Valley (Ill.) Community College in Rockford by way of Miami (Fla.) Carol City recently jumped onto the Illini football recruiting radar. After talking with Illini assistant coach Eric Wolford, Mears decided to head down to check out a game in person.

Mears also used his trip to Illinois to drop off some paperwork and videotape with the Illini coaching staff.

While Illinois decides what step to take next with Mears, three other programs are stepping things up a notch.

He's receiving interest from Middle Tennessee State, Arizona, Iowa State, Kansas State and New Mexico. Offers have come from New Mexico, Iowa State and Kansas State.

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