Maverick Morgan pledges to Illinois

New Illinois head coach John Groce landed a verbal commitment from senior-to-be center Maverick Morgan (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) on Wednesday, ESPN.com confirmed.

The 6-foot-10 big man chose the Illini over Dayton, Iowa State, Minnesota, Toledo, USC and Vanderbilt, among others.

ESPN.com recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin describes Morgan as a "skilled post with great size and length and terrific upside. He's an excellent area rebounder. Overall a nice Midwest get for John Groce and his staff."

Morgan joins ESPN 100 shooting guard Malcolm Hill (Belleville, Ill./Belleville East) in the Illini's 2013 recruiting class.