Ryan Frain commits to Illinois
Class of 2012 kicker Ryan Frain, of Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis, committed to Illinois on Sunday.
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Frain, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, was offered a scholarship by Illini coach Ron Zook on Sunday and is expected to replace Illinois senior kicker Derek Dimke as the team's starting kicker next season. He was also being recruited by Indiana and Ohio State.
"Today, Coach Zook called me and said he wanted me to be a part of the Illini family," Frain said. "He said, 'We're going to stop looking for kickers, and you stop looking for schools.'
"It was pretty incredible, probably one of the proudest moments I've ever had. I've worked really hard the last two years. I just felt blessed."
Frain has connected on field goals of 27, 46, 48 and 49 yards this season. He's also been 35-of-38 in extra-point opportunities. He said he's comfortable kicking from any distance in the 40s to low 50s. He made a 63-yarder in practice recently. Frain admitted there would be pressure kicking at such places as Ohio State next season as a freshman, but he also looked forward to that.
"I don't want to say that's overwhelming, but I guess I see it as an incredible opportunity," Frain said. "There's a chance to put on a show every game and to be able to do that in front of God knows how many people. I'm going to be nervous, but I've (learned) to cope with that."
Frain said he was told he would initially also be the Illini's backup punter. He's averaged 41 yards a punt this season.
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