Illinois’ 2023 recruiting class has added an interior offensive lineman.

The Fighting Illini earned a verbal pledge from 3-star offensive lineman TJ McMillen, who announced his decision on Saturday afternoon. He made the decision public with a post on Twitter.

McMillen became the third player of the 2023 cycle to commit to Illinois. All three players are in-state pledges. He joins 4-star athlete Kaden Feagin and 3-star linebacker Antwon Hayden.


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McMillen is listed as a 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Wheaton, Ill. He ranks as the No. 50 interior offensive lineman of the class and is a Top 15 prospect from the state.

A total of 32 programs extended offers to McMillen. Illinois edged out Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue out of the B1G. Other non-B1G schools to show interest included Boston College, Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Texas Tech and TCU.

Below are some of McMillen’s high school highlights: