Illini Add 2014 Linebacker

The 2014 class is filling up quickly -- the Illini added a defender on Sunday.

A wave of official visitors to the Illinois campus produced a verbal commitment this weekend.

Tampa, Fla. outside linebacker Tre Watson (2014, Tampa Catholic) committed to the coaching staff, posting a photo on Instagram in an Illinois jersey to make his pledge public. He hashtagged #illinitillidie.

Watson is a 6-2, 220-pound defensive standout that had offers from Air Force, South Florida, Virginia and others.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said about Watson: "Will not wow you with any one part of his game, but he is sound tackler, reads his keys well, and he is more instinctive than anything."

Watson is the 15th verbal commitment in Illinois' 2014 class.

Stay tuned to Illini Playbook for more on the developing story...


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