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Illini Recruiting LB From Near Zook's Home

As Fighting Illini coach Ron Zook scoured the country for football talent, he couldn't help but notice a talented player from near his home town. Last season, Mason Monheim of Orville, Ohio, made quite the impact on his town's proud football community. Because of his tenacity and leadership skills, the middle linebacker's name is now coming up on recruiting boards across the nation.

This past season, Mason Monheim helped lead Orville High School to a 7-3 regular season. With many young players on the team, Orville's season went much better than many expected. "We exceeded our expectations with a lot of underclassman on our team," Monheim said. With a strong season, Monheim's name started to come up on many recruiting boards. This past offseason, he has received official...

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