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OL Shawn Afryl Holding Firm With Illini

Niles West (Scout)

Shawn Afryl was the first player to commit to Coach Ron Zook and the University of Illinois. With his high school season over, Afryl can look toward the future and his college career. The next time he suits up again to play football will be as a member of the Fighting Illini.

For Shawn Afryl, it wasn't always easy watching Illinois play. His future school had more downs than ups in a 3-8 season. "It was painful in the sense that they have so much talent and didn't take advantage of that. They won big against Michigan and won close against Minnesota so they have the talent to win any game that they're in. I think they just committed too many penalties, which killed...

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