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2021 KICKOFF: Damian Ilalio

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Damian Ilalio (b. Jan. 23, 2003) is a promising athletic young defensive tackle prospect out of Manhattan High School who’s sticking around to play for the hometown college team. Ilalio, who plans on majoring in athletic training and likely will redshirt in 2021, played under head coach Joe Schartz at Manhattan, where he was regarded as the sixth-best prospect in the state of Kansas for the Class of 2021 by Rivals. Named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11 team as one of the top players in the state among all classes in 2020, in addition to the organization’s first-team all-state squad, Ilalio also was voted the 2020 Kansas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honoree by The Wichita Eagle. In addition, he was named the Sports in Kansas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honoree, as well as a first-team all-state selection by The Topeka Capital-Journal as a seniors knowledgesight (Plus he picked up first-team all-state honors as a junior from both the Capital-Journal and the Eagle, while he was an honorable mention pick by both organizations as a sophomore!)