Hinsdale (Central), Ill. strongside defensive end prospect Doug Pilcher (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) ended his recruiting process yesterday, when Pilcher picked up the phone and gave the University of Illinois his verbal commitment.
“I decided after making an unofficial visit to Illinois on Tuesday that I was ready to end the recruiting process," Doug Pilcher said. “I called the Illinois coaches last night and gave them my verbal commitment."
Pilcher talked about why he decided to commit to the Fighting Illini.
"I have lots of reasons for commiting to the Illini. First of all, it's been a dream of mine to play in the Big Ten as well as to play for the University of Illinois, Both of my parents are alumi, and I just grew up loving the Illini. I looked at several schools, but Illinois was always the team to beat for me. From the facilities to the academics, Illinois has a lot to offer, and I just couldn't see myself playing anywhere else in college."
Hinsdale Central head coach Tony Lombardi, who has played and coached on the college level, said he is thrilled for Pilcher for many solid reasons.
"I've been around the recruiting game for many years, and I can tell you from my own personal experience that going to school far away from home is fine, and I enjoyed my experiences at Arizona State. The one thing I missed about playing so far away from home was that I wasn't able to share those experiences with my family and friends. I'm a big proponent of kids staying close to home, but I also let the kids make their decision with no influence from me whatsoever."
"Doug really handled this process very well. I talked to him last night and I grilled him on why he wanted to go to Illinois, and I was really happy with the answers he gave me. Illinois has definitely been a dream of his, but I'm also very happy for Doug because he chose Illinois for all of the right reasons. I'm thrilled for Doug and his family."
Doug Pilcher had scholarship offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana and Northern Illinois. Pilcher also was receiving serious recruiting interest from several Big ten schools this summer before deciding on commiting to the University of Illinois.