According to a source, Illinois football has received a commitment from three-star Libertyville defensive tackle Ryan O'Malley.
O'Malley, who visited Illinois last week, is the second 2017 prospect to commit to Illini head coach Bill Cubit, joining St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) running back Mike Epstein.
"The coaches and staff were highly impressive and made me feel welcome," O'Malley told Scout.com. "I also found the football program and facilities to be first rate."
O'Malley is one of three 3-star defensive tackles in the state of Illinois, a group that includes Caylon May (who received an Illinois offer last week) and Devonte Dunn (who also has visited Illinois). Illinois was the first school to offer. Minnesota also had shown interest.
Tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski and defensive line coach/defensive coordinator Mike Phair led the Illini recruitment of O'Malley.
O'Malley fills a dire position of need for Illinois. Starters Rob Bain and Jarrod "Chunky" Clements will graduate after the 2016 season, and there is little proven talent behind them -- though redshirt freshman Jamal Milan is a starting-quality prospect.
"O'Malley's a kid with a nice frame at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. I think he can fill that out and be a true inside guy in college. He's already a strong kid and he's only going to get stronger. I love the way he plays. There's an intensity, an urgency there that not all kids have. He's faster/quicker straight line than he is side to side agile, but he has some burst to him. I don't know that he's ever going to blow away a combine setting or testing numbers, but the kid comes from a great program, is very productive and plays every play hard. I thought he was a great find by the staff and it's great to get him closed out early because big bodies who can move are hard to find." - Allen Trieu, Scout.com Midwest Regional Manager