Earlier this month, the Illinois Fighting Illini put out a key offer in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Brad Underwood and his staff decided to offer 2023 prospect Gus Yalden.
Gus Yalden (2023, 6’9”, F, IMG Academy) receives official scholarship offer from head coach, Brad Underwood, and the University of Illinois! #PGCFamily #UAA #ThroughThisTogether #NOStudentLoans pic.twitter.com/8V8CFR4FDW— Wisconsin Playground Club (@WisconsinPGC) September 2, 2020
Yalden comes out of Appleton, Wisconsin and is currently playing at the IMG Academy and unrated by 247Sports. He is listed at 6-foot-10 by the recruiting site and has been drawing some serious Big Ten attention. Along with Illinois, he also has offers from Auburn, Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska, and Oklahoma among others.
Illinois currently has no commitments in the program’s 2023 recruiting class. However, Illinois does have some momentum after a productive 2019-’20 season and some lofty projections heading into next season. And if Yalden can get things rolling on the recruiting trail, perhaps Illinois could be in play for a great 2023 class. However, we will have to wait and see as it’s still very much in the air. There’s still a long way to go.