Illinois football to host several key priority recruits this weekend

Several top in-state and out-of-state targets visiting Illinois this weekend

With under two months before Signing Day, Illinois will host several of its top in-state and out-of-state priorities this weekend.

It is the last chance during this calendar year that Illinois can host prospects due to an NCAA dead period that starts Dec. 12 and ends on Jan. 11.

Illinois currently has 12 commitments in the Class of 2017 and plans on signing a full 25-man class.

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The Miami Central defensive end has a big-time offer list an wants to early enroll. He most recently took an official visit to Maryland. He took a three-day unofficial visit to Illinois in July.

The Miami Central wide receiver is an Illinois commit but has taken official visits to Utah, Washington State and North Carolina.

The top-50 overall prospect is an electric playmaker in the mold of Tavon Austin with offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State and others.

The Missouri commit led East St. Louis to a Class 7A state title. Though undersized, he is a great athlete with a good arm.

The undersized but hard-hitting linebacker recently received an Illini offer. He also holds a Western Michigan offer.

The Peoria lineman and newly-minted four-star recruit has a top three of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota -- Rutgers also recently offered -- and plans a decision soon. He was a team captain for the Class 5A state champion.

The Yuma Catholic defensive end fits what Illinois wants in a defensive end: long and athletic. But he must add strength. He also holds offers from Wyoming and South Dakota State.

The New Jersey offensive lineman recently has received offers from UCLA and Boston College. Illinois offered after offensive line coach Luke Butkus watched him the day before the Rutgers game in October.

The Arizona commit attended the same junior college as recent Illini quarterback commit Dwayne Lawson. Illinois recently offered in hopes of adding experience, speed and physicality to its defense for two years.

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