Three-star LB Spearman joins Illini

Chicago Simeon linebacker Reggie Spearman grew up rooting for Illinois as a child. Now starting in 2013, he will get to put on the Fighting Illini uniform.

The three-star linebacker and 15th-best prospect in the state of Illinois committed to the Illini while attending practice Tuesday, he said in a text message.

“I like the coaching staff, really like the school. I grew up a big fan. Being down there is a great experience," Spearman said a few weeks ago when talking about the Illini as his No. 1 school.

Houston, Indiana, Minnesota and Northern Illinois were also high on Spearman's list. He originally committed to Indiana during the winter but decommitted a week after the decision.

The Illini now have 17 commitments in their 2013 class, 15 of which are three-star prospects. Spearman is the third-highest rated commitment in the Illini's class with a Scout Grade of 79.