Kissimmee Gateway High head football coach Marlin Roberts was informed by the University of Illinois coaching staff Wednesday that the Illini were extending a scholarship offer to senior defensive back Isaiah Wharton.
Wharton, who had grown a bit frustrated by the recruiting process, decided to commit to Weber State last month as the Wildcats coaching staff impressed him with their attention. The Illinois offer, his first from an Football Bowl Subdivision school, could change things.
Ranked No. 27 in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, Wharton, who has one interception this season, has played a limited role on defense since he became the focal point of the Panthers' offense at running back. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete has rushed for 774 yards and six touchdowns, averaging almost six yards per carry.
He had not been able to talk to the Illinois coaches yet, and did not connect on Wednesday night. He plans to do so soon and we'll talk with Wharton once he does.
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