High School Football: Simeon’s Malik Elzy signs for Illinois

High School Football: Simeon’s Malik Elzy signs for Illinois

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Simeon senior Malik Elzy goes to Champaign.

Prairie Ridge’s Tyler Vasey, the Sun Times Player of the Year, was the top rusher in the country. Blainey Dowling quarterback Mount Carmel to an undefeated season and the Class 7A state championship.

But Elzy was the player who provided the most impressive high-level moments this season, the one who regularly displayed stunning mastery performances and athleticism. The All-Area and All-City selections led the Wolverines to a 12-1 season and the Prep Bowl championship.

Elzy, who has offers from nearly 30 FBS colleges, signed for Illinois at Saturday’s All-American Game in San Antonio live on NBC. His last four came to the Fighting Illini, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

“Illinois prioritized me and showed me how much they need me on the team,” Elzy said.

Elzy, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver/defensive back, made highlight reel catches and leveled opponents with devastating hits. He was also a force at punt returns. Elzy originally signed for Cincinnati in July. He resigned in late October and resumed his recruitment.

Elzy ranked #4 in Illinois, #43 among receivers, and #305 overall in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is the highest-rated wide receiver Illinois has signed since Arrelious Benn in 2007.

“[Elzy] is our team,” said Simeon coach Dante Culbreath after Elzy guided the Wolverines to a win over Wheaton-Warrenville South. “He punches, plays defense and attack. He might be the best player I’ve seen at Simeon.”

Elzy is the second top-5 and fourth top-20 Illinois recruit for Bret Bielema, joining Arthur Lovington-Atwood-Hammond athlete Kaden Feagin, the 4th-ranked player, and two teammates from East St. Louis: Offensive #18 Meet Brandon Henderson and Linebacker #20 Antwon Hayden.

“I did not expect [Bielema and his staff] winning over the state so quickly,” said Clint Cosgrove, Rivals recruitment analyst. “If you want to win a Big Ten championship, you have to have guys like this on your list.”

Elzy finished the season with 45 catches for 1,025 yards and 11 TDs.

“It’s tremendous when you can get an elite receiver with a large body that’s ready to go right out of the box,” said Cosgrove. “[Elzy] has the ability to be a dominant receiver in the Big Ten. He’s almost like a basketball player [with his leaping ability]. He will win balls 50/50.”

Illinois recruit David Olano, a Naperville North kicker, scored a 50-yard field goal in the All-American game just minutes before Elzy announced his signing. It was quite a five-minute optimism for the Fighting Illini football program.

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