BREAKING: Illinois Lands 2017 RB Mike Epstein

Speedy Florida running back Mike Epstein says "yes!" to the Illini on his Birthday.

Illinois got a strong start to their 2017 football recruiting class with the addition of Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Mike Epstein on Thursday.

Epstein, who visited in the spring, decided it was time to commit to the Illini.

"I just thought it was time," Epstein said. "Before the season and it happened to be my birthday."

Epstein talked about what really sold him on the program. He also said 2016 teammate Dominic Thieman was "very excited" for him.

"It's Big 10 football," Epstein said. "I have a great relationship with the coaches."

In the end, Epstein chose Illinois over UCF and Cincinnati. He said he may visit during the season but isn't sure yet.

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