The Southern Illinois football program signed 16 high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on the first day of the new early signing period. All 16 will be true freshmen at SIU in 2018, including Eldorado standout Jacob Traxler
Head coach Nick Hill met with the media to discuss each of the signees and had this to say about the Eagles' All-Stater.
"I say this up and down, but the No. 1 thing is what type of people we're signing. Jacob is an outstanding kid. He's a three-sport athlete, really a four-sport athlete. He was the Black Diamond Player of the Year. He's a different size as (Jordan) Berner, but Berner just got honored as a Freshman All-American right out of the same conference. That means a lot to me. When you can sign kids from our own back yard, that means a lot. Justin is from the South 7, and Jacob is in the Black Diamond. He's as good looking of a recruit, I don't care where you go to find them, as you'll see. When he walks into the room, he looks like a man. He's 6-3, 225 pounds and not an ounce of fat on him. He's a worker. We're fired up. He brings a mentality that we need to keep adding to our team. He has a bright future. He'll come here and work, and you'll almost forget he's on your team because he does everything right. He has great grades. He's appreciative. We're fired up about him."