U.M.M., the military recruiting office in Chicago, is the latest to take advantage of Illinois football’s recruiting prowess, as the Illinois football recruiting office has recruited some of the nation’s top recruits from the state.
The U.C.L.A. native signed with the Chicago Bears on Monday as the first of a new wave of recruits joining the Bears’ ranks.
He will become the fifth player in the last two years to sign with the team.
The Bears have a total of five recruiting classes, including five defensive backs, four offensive linemen, and three linebackers.
U.C.-M.F. recruits have been a frequent draw for the Bears in recent years.
They have ranked in the top five of the conference rankings for three consecutive years.
Last season, they ranked No. 1 in the conference for total defense, No. 3 in total offense, and No. 6 in total defense efficiency.
In the last three years, the Bears have made a total in the bottom half of the Pac-12 for total offense and defense.
While the Bears are still in the middle of the Big Ten’s conference standings, their recent recruiting success could give Illinois some momentum heading into the 2015 season.
They are the only team in the Big 10 that hasn’t had a top-10 recruiting class in five years.
The two teams that have had top-five recruiting classes are Arizona and Michigan.
In both of those cases, they won conference championships.
U-M.D. recruit Johnathan Batson was one of the top defensive ends in the country last season and the No. 14 defensive end in the nation.
He is a senior and has more than 10,000 career tackles and 19 sacks.
He had 19.5 tackles for loss last season, including 11.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Batson is the No: 11 defensive end nationally.
His mother, Marlene Batson, has played at both U. of M.M.’s and M.F.’s.
She played for former Bears coach Jim Harbaugh in 2009.
She was one a star linebacker on the U. S. women’s soccer team.
Batson played in 13 games at U-M, recording eight tackles and a pass breakup.
He also had 11 tackles for a loss, including two sacks, and five tackles for the game-winning touchdown in a 37-27 loss to USC on Nov. 5.
Biggs, the son of former Illinois quarterback Jeff Biggs, is a two-star prospect and has been ranked No: 23 by Scout.
He played his college football at the University of Chicago, where he played two seasons with the Bears.