Football: Mount Carmel’s Matt Domer gives verbal commitment to Illinois
By Beth Long FoxSports NEXT July 2, 2013 9:16PM
Mt. Carmel back Matt Domer clenches his fist as he run in for a touchdown against Brother Rice. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 4, 2013 6:27AM
Just days after releasing his top four college, Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer announced his verbal commitment to Illinois.
The FOXSports NEXT three-star back picked the Illini over Syracuse, Kansas and Indiana.
Domer who is ranked among the top 40 running backs in the country by FOXSports NEXT, committed to the Illini after a visit to Champaign.
“When I talked to coach (Tim) Beckman he was really stressing that he wanted to keep in-state players in-state and get them to come and make a great impact,” Domer said. “He wanted us to come in and play early. That was one thing that I really wanted to do in college, to go in early and make an impact.”
According to FOXSports NEXT national analyst Allen Trieu, Domer is a back who can come in and make a big impact with the Illini program, thanks to his background at Mount Carmel.
“Matt is a good back who has been very productive,” Trieu said. “He is a one-cut-and-go-guy with a good burst, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. I think he has a chance to be a good one for Illinois, possibly early on, because he is coming from such a good high school program.”
The family tradition in the Illinois football program is something Domer stressed was a big factor in his decision.
“I knew I was going to get a good education from making the decision. I like it being close to home and I can have family and friends coming to watch me play,” Domer said. “I knew if I went somewhere far away there would have been less people there to come support me. I can have family come relatively all the time, they can drive to see me play. Everything played a factor, everything that went into it made it a favorite.”
In the midst of a busy recruiting process, the 6-foot, 190-pound Domer hasn’t forgotten about his rapidly approaching senior season with Mount Carmel, the reigning Class 8A state champion. With Domer’s decision Tuesday the Caravan has three Big Ten verbal commitments, including defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. (Michigan State) and offensive lineman Steven Richardson (Minnesota).
“Just getting the young guys up and getting the team chemistry up, and taking another state championship ... everyone knows we have a target on our backs,” Domer said. “It is going to be a big season. I am going to play hard and show the younger players that big players like myself are staying at home and playing at in-state schools. Showing that we can build a dynasty.”
Domer will join fellow Mount Carmel alum and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Vontrell Williams at Illinois.