Commit: Christian DiLauro
Date Committed: 4/13/2012
Position: Offensive Tackle
DiLauro’s commitment came less than 24 hours after Kendrick Foster’s. DiLauro has spent most of his career as a tight end, but his future likely has him playing offensive tackle. Why? Like Jesse Chadwell, DiLauro has athleticism and lateral movement to go along with a frame that can easily carry the additional weight required to play tackle.
At 6’5” and between 240 and 250 pounds, DiLauro is still lean, but the ability to be shaped into a zone-blocking offensive tackle bodes well for DiLauro’s future. In high school DiLauro also spent time as a defensive end, so he also has perspective on his future position from both sides of the line of scrimmage.
What He Brings:
DiLauro’s athleticism and big frame are ideal for the zone-blocking used in the new Illinois spread offense. He has the length to protect the quarterback’s blind side and as a tight end, he’s an experienced blocker. If he can maintain his athleticism as he adds weight, he has the potential to be a really good player on the offensive line.
What Can Improve:
Size will be a big focus for DiLauro as he progresses into and through his college career. As long as he is set to remain at tackle, it is likely that he would be redshirted to form him physically into the player he needs to be. DiLauro already has experience with blocking, but he will need to adjust to blocking full-time instead of only part-time.
What Makes Him Unique:
Being from Ohio, DiLauro was a big focus for Tim Beckman and his staff at Toledo prior to coming to Illinois. DiLauro had a high opinion of the Beckman and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh, so once Illinois came through with an offer, it took DiLauro only two weeks to make the call.