National rankings (Rivals 71; Scout 68).

Best in class: Jihad Ward, 6-6 285, dt, Globe Institute of Technology (N.Y.)

Best of the rest: Malik Turner, 6-3 205, wr, Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin

Late addition: Chris James, 5-11 185, db, Orange-Stark (Texas) High School

One that got away: Tyree Stone-Davis, CB, Pierce College (Calif.).

NOTE: The best player Illinois will add may not be among the signings. Quarterback Wes Lunt sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma State.



National rankings: (Rivals 36; Scout 44).

Best in class: Tim Gardner, ol, Avon, Ind.

Best of the rest: Dominque Booth, wr, Indianapolis; Jordan Fuchs, te, Queens, N.Y.; Greg Gooch, lb, Longwood, Fla.; Robert McCray III, Rockdale, Ga.; Tegray Scales, lb, Cincinnati.

Late addition: McCray, who didn't make his decision until the final hours leading up to signing day.

One that got away: Willie Yarbary, de, Augusta, Ga., decommitted from Indiana and wound up choosing Wake Forest after Indiana changed defensive coordinators.

NOTE: "Physically, he (Gooch) is a Mike linebacker, who can come in and rush off the edge. He'll provide tremendous personality for this defense," new coordinator Brian Knorr said.



National rankings (Rivals 60; Scout 41).

Best in class: Wiegers, Scheel

Best of the rest: Nelson, Keegan Render, OG, Indianola, Iowa

Late addition: Taylor

One that got away: Ross Pierschbacher, OT, Cedar Falls, Iowa (Alabama)

NOTE: Although Iowa signed many of the state's top prospects, Pierschbacher wavered on his oral commitment and wound up with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. The Hawkeyes also failed to land the state's No. 1 recruit, wide receiver and Iowa State signee Allen Lazard. But Lazard's father and brother played for the Cyclones, and he's been committed to them for years.