"I committed to Illinois," said linebacker Russ Weil.
"I called coach (Ron) Turner earlier and the week and gave him my verbal commitment.
"I visited Illinois in April and I felt comfortable down there. I know a couple of guys on the team and it's close to home."
Weil, a 6-foot, 225-pounder, from Minooka, Illinois will be a three-year varsity starter for the Indians in 2003.
Russ had 60 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior. He also won a state wrestling championship in 2002.
Weil chose the Fighting Illini over Iowa. Illinois was the only school that had offered a scholarship.
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