Illinois adds another Florida prospect to 2021 recruiting class
Lovie Smith’s latest recruiting class has finally reached double figures.
On Friday, Illinois landed two commitments from the state of Florida. First, it was three-star athlete Theodore Lockley out of Daytona Beach who gave his verbal pledge to the Fighting Illini. Later in the day, Fort Myers safety Joriell Washington became the 10th member of the 2021 class.
Washington announced his decision with a post on Twitter. He held offers from seven other programs during the recruiting cycle.
“I believe in Coach Smith and his staff with the vision they have of me and with that being said I want to further my education and football career at the University of Illinois,” Washington wrote.
— Joriell Washington 🦈 (@JWashing10n) June 19, 2020
At 6-foot-2, 178 pounds, Washington ranks as the No. 99 safety in the 2021 recruiting class and is one of the top 200 prospects out of the state of Florida. Washington will bring great speed to the Illinois secondary, and is also a member of the high school track team.
In addition to Illinois, Washington also received offers from Iowa State, Boston College, USF, Oregon, Toledo, FAU and Southern Miss.
With commitments from Washington and Lockley before the weekend, Illinois’ is now up to 10 verbal commitments in the 2021 class. The Fighting Illini still sit at No. 14 in the B1G and No. 63 nationally.
Six of Illinois’ 10 commitments are currently from Florida.