The recent announcement that tight end C.J. Fedorowicz of Johnsburg will attend the University of Illinois and join coach Ron Zook's football parade is bigger than most Illini fans think. Fedorowicz is the No. 1 tight end in the nation and doesn't get as much credit or respect as he deserves.
In fact, I'm not sure Illini coaches realize what they have in the 6-7, 245-pounder with 4.6 speed. Until recently, Zook hadn't been too excited about Fedorowicz' recruitment and Rivals, which is associated with Illinois' Orange and Blue website, didn't rank him among the top 200 players in the nation.
But Fedorowicz is Illinois' biggest catch since Arrelious Benn. He is one of the nation's premier athletes and should have a major impact as a freshman.
Zook apparently told Fedorowicz that Illinois will throw the ball more to the tight end than has been its practice during the Zook era, something Fedorowicz was waiting to hear but apparently didn't from Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. If Zook fulfills his promise, Fedorowicz will become a big weapon.
He is capable of being a big-time receiver as soon as he arrives on campus. He could magnify the tight end position more than it has been in recent years. You don't find kids that big and fast and athletic. Imagine Fedorowicz with the wide receivers that Illinois has. He is a high school version of Jeremy Shockey.