Cincinnati Taft senior defensive end Cornelius “Tank” Carradine has decided to attend Illinois. One of the best uncommitted recruits left in the state’s 2009
class, Carradine ended the process by choosing the Illini over Cincinnati, Louisville, Penn State, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
Before the football season started, Cincinnati Taft senior defensive end Cornelius “Tank” Carradine gave a bold prediction to his coach: He said he would have at least 30 sacks this fall.
While Carradine fell short of that goal, his dominance of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference was never in question.
Carradine, who is rated the No. 10 player overall in the 2009 class by Ohio High Magazine, recently made an oral commitment to play at the University of Illinois.
Carradine, who is 6-5 and 230 pounds, was clearly one of the best uncommitted recruits left in the state’s 2009 class. Carradine had offers from several major Division I programs, including Cincinnati, Louisville, Penn State, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
Former Taft coach Mike Martin, who recently stepped down at season’s end, said Carradine felt very comfortable with the Illinois program.
“He will get a chance to learn from a great defensive line coach in (coach Tom Sims),” Martin said. “Illinois is also losing both their defensive ends. If he goes in ready he could earn some playing time as a freshman.”
Carradine was the Associated Press Division II Southwest District defensive player of the year. He had 82 tackles, 19 sacks, a forced fumble and seven fumble recoveries. He was also the CMAC defensive player of the year.
“He reminds me of a young Jevon Kearse,” Ohio High Magazine recruiting editor Duane Long recently wrote in an article. “He has the wingspan of a 747. He is such a natural pass rusher but he plays the run very tough. There is an edge to his game.”