The Illinois State University football program had a successful signing day, bringing in a lot of student-athletes with the capability to help the team next season and beyond.

Coach Brock Spack and company had two quarterbacks from the state of Texas sign and become Redbirds, including 6-foot 3 Malachi Broadnax and 6-foot 2 Tristan Smith.

ISU landed Rockford native running back James Robinson, who owns the all-time rushing record in the state of Illinois with 9,405 yards on his career, and 158 touchdowns, also a state record.

A pair of 6-foot 5 tight ends will play college ball for Illinois State. Billy Bair, a Glen Ellyn native, and Robert Gillum of Kansas City, Mo. will look to help out in the passing and rushing attack for seasons to come.

On the defensive side, the Redbirds have three signees that are defensive backs, a spot that was exposed in the playoff loss against Richmond. Two of the three played high school ball in Illinois, Jarrell Jackson of Marengo and Christian Uphoff, a Washington native.

Three linebackers signed to play at ISU next fall, two of which are home-state talent, Dylan Draka 6-foot 1 from Wheeling, and Timothy McCloyn II 6-foot of Barrington. The third linebacker to commit is 6-foot 2 Ryan Guhl of Indianapolis.

In the trenches the Redbirds have three commits on the offensive line and one on the defensive line. Austin Galindo, a 6-foot 5 defensive lineman, decided to stay in Blo-No to play for Coach Spack.


Ryan Kelly is a sports reporter for The Vidette. Any questions or comments regarding his article can be directed to Follow him on Twitter @​rkelly1122.

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