Illini commits litter final state of Illinois Class of 2017 rankings

Illinois have three of the top-12 players from the state of Illinois

Every Illinois head coach sets a goal of landing the top prospects in the state. It appears Lovie Smith is actually doing it.

The Illini have commitments from nine of the top-41 prospects in this year's final state of Illinois rankings, the best the Illini have done in the state in almost a decade (check the table below).

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The Illini have three commitments from the state's top-12 prospects: No. 5 Kendrick Green (Peoria defensive tackle), No. 6 Ricky Smalling (Brother Rice wide receiver) and No. 12 Alex Palczewski (Mt. Prospect offensive tackle).

The Illini also have three more commitments from the state's top-30 prospects: No. 19 Olalere Oladipo (Huntley defensive end), No. 22 Marc Mondesir (St. Rita linebacker) and No. 26 Vederian Lowe (Rockford Auburn offensive lineman).

Three more Illini commitments fit in the top-45: No. 33 Kendall Smith (Bolingbrook athlete), No. 37 Cam Thomas (Marian Catholic quarterback) and No. 41 James Knight (East St. Louis linebacker/defensive back).

Illinois hasn't done so well in state, according to the rankings, since landing seven of the state's top-15 prospects in 2008.

Illini in state of Illinois rankings
Year Top-15 Top-30 Top-50
2017 3 6 9
2016 0 1 3
2015 2 5 5
2014 0 3 5
2013 2 5 8
2012 1 3 3
2011 0 2 5
2010 2 3 5
2009 3 3 3
2008 7 7 8

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