Category: Recruiting

NSD – Inbound Recruits

Columbia, SC – Today is National Signing Day! We are proud to announce the following players that have signed today and will attend Palmetto Prep for a post-graduate semester this fall.

The bulk of the Palmetto Prep roster will be filled after signing day when final senior grades are administered.

QB – Trey Dawson – Kent School HS – CT

QB – Andrew Person – Downingtown East HS – PA

FS – Julius Jackson – Heritage HS – VA

DE – Evan Stanford – TMI Episcopal HS – TX

SS – Zachary James – Cedar Creek Christian HS – FL

OL – Garrison Wheatley – Monacan HS – VA

WR – Garrett Hampton – Chase HS – NC

WR – Daveon Wortham – Braden River HS – FL

CB – Willie Brown – Tift County HS – GA

FS – Joshua Sheppard – Miller Grove HS – GA

Two-Star 2020 Prep School Athlete Tahveon Nicholson Signs With Illini

Matthew Stevens via Sports Illustrated

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois’ 2020 recruiting class got a surprise prep school signee on the first day of the February signing period.

Tahveon Nicholson, a two-star signee from Palmetto Prep Academy in Columbia, S.C., signed a National Letter-of-Intent to become the 13th signee of the Illini’s 2020 class. Nicholson is a 5-foot-11 and 170-pound athlete who Illinois announced as a defensive back when the signing was announced Wednesday morning.

Nicholson, who took an official visit to Illinois last week, signed with Florida Atlantic nearly one year ago from today but was unable to enroll after failing to become an NCAA academic qualifier. Therefore, Nicholson enrolled at Palmetto Prep after graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla., and was recruited heavily by Illinois defensive backs coach Keynodo Hudson.

After losing its only four-star commitment and only in-state verbal pledge (Naperville Central wide receiver Jadon Thompson) in its 2020 recruiting class to Cincinnati Tuesday night, Illinois was not expected to sign a prospect today to add to the 2020 class. Illini head coach Lovie Smith said Monday that a big class will not happen during this February signing period and Illinois coaches are holding back scholarships in order to be active in the graduate transfer market.

According to, Nicholson had four interceptions and forced a fumble in his one season at Palmetto Prep. He also was productive on offense as an athletic slot receiver with 721 receiving yards and 355 rushing yards while also averaging 29.6 yards per kick return on special teams.

Nicholson is the first defensive back signee of the Illini’s 2020 recruiting class and Illinois will have several starters and contributors returning for the upcoming season including Sydney Brown, Nate Hobbs, Devon Witherspoon, and Delano Ware.

Nicholson’s signing slightly lifted Illinois’ team recruiting class ranking according to from 90th to No. 87 but did not lift the Illini out of the basement of the 14-team Big Ten Conference. 

NSD – Outbound Recruits

Columbia, SC – Today is National Signing Day! We are proud to announce the following players that have signed today or at the signed at mid-year signing period.

There will be additional players who sign after NSD as the recruiting process continues to develop. Here are your class of 2020 outbound signees as of 2/5/2020.

DB – Jamel Starks – Louisville (FBS

WR – EJ Horton – Marshall (FBS)

WR – Keelan Marion – UCONN (FBS)

WR – Lawrence Shadd – Kansas (FBS)

ATH – Tahveon Nicholson – Illinois (FBS)

OL – Drayton Bohnstadt – Ohio (FBS)

DB/LS – Will Jordan – Coastal Carolina (FBS)

DE – Terique Miles – Norfolk State Univ (FCS)

FB – Josh McKenzie – Lamar University (FCS)

LB – KJ McNeil – Duquense University (FCS)

WR – Cam Williams – Delaware State (FCS)

DB – Lorenzo Euline – Robert Morris (FCS) 

OL/DL – Deounta Cromity – West Va State (D2)

RB – Toronto King – Fort Hays State (D2)

DE – Tavian Brintley – Newberry (D2)

OL – Cam Richardson – Limestone (D2)

OL – Nate Campbell – Rocky MTN Coll (NAIA)

DB – Val West – Bridgewater College (D3)

2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt offered by Ohio University

This past weekend 2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt went to visit and camp with the Ohio University Bobcats. Ohio University is an FBS NCAA member who plays in the MAC conference.

Coach Frank Solich and staff extended a scholarship offer to 2020 OL Drayton Bohnstadt.

Drayton is a full academic qualifier and will be able to enroll in January of 2020 for the spring semester.