Raashaan Wilkins is going home, and the former Vanderbilt defensive lineman has committed to Illinois to continue his college career.

Wilkins shared on Instagram that he would play for the Illini after he reportedly received offers from Western Kentucky, UConn, SMU and Oklahoma State. Wilkins is listed at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds and spent two seasons at Vanderbilt and played in 21 games, recording 21 tackles and two tackles for a loss. Last season, he made 13 tackles in 12 games with 10 starts. He’s originally from Chicago (Mt. Carmel).

Wilkins was rated as a three-star junior college prospect in the 2020 recruiting class. He ranked as the No. 25 strong-side defensive end and No. 227 junior college prospect nationally in the class, per 247Sports’ rankings. Before Vanderbilt, he was a starting defensive lineman in 2019 at Monterey Peninsula (California) College. At Mt. Carmel, Wilkins made 6 sacks as a senior, and also played tight end and basketball.

The Illini got a boost at an area of need to go along with a pair of All-Big Ten candidates in Keith Randolph and Johnny Newton. Wilkins is the second defensive line addition this offseason through the transfer portal, as he joined TeRah Edwards from Northwestern.


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