Peoria four-star DT Kendrick Green commits to Illini

Peoria four-star defensive tackle Kendrick Green stays in state, commits to Illini

An Illinois offer came a little later than Kendrick Green would've liked. But the delay didn't end up fatal for the Illini. Green, a four-star Peoria defensive tackle, committed to Illinois on Thursday night, he told's Allen Trieu.

WHOI/WEEK sports director Jim Mattson first reported the news.

Green, who was a team captain for IHSA Class 5A state champion Peoria, chose the Illini over offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Rutgers, Syracuse and others.

"I chose Illinois because it felt very similar to Peoria High," Green told Trieu. "I was a part of the rebuilding process at Peoria High, and I plan to do the same in Champaign."

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Green -- who recently earned a fourth star from and ranks as the No. 26 defensive tackle in the country -- adds to a nice collection of interior defensive linemen at Illinois, along with rising sophomores Jamal MilanKenyon Jackson and Tymir Oliver.

“It’s great because being from the home state in Champaign, it’s not too far from home,” Green told Illini Inquirer last month. “I’ve been to quite a few home games there growing up so close, so it’s nice. Close to home is a great factor for me. My coach played at U of I, so I’m happy I finally got the offer.

“I think Lovie Smith’s doing a great job rebuilding,” Green said. “He’s going to do a great job continuing to rebuild it. think within the next two years, they’ll be rolling for sure.”

With the commitment, Illinois now has 15 commitments in the Class off 2017 and leaps to No. 42 in the team rankings.

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