One day after receiving a commitment from Abens Cajuste, the Illinois Fighting Illini got another commitment from a defensive junior college player. 2013 three-star weak-side defensive end Kyle Kragen committed to the Fighting Illini on Tuesday. He choose the Illini over offers from Buffalo, Houston, Ohio, Western Michigan, and Wyoming.
Kragen is a 6’3″, 245 pound weak-side defensive end from Pleasant Hill, California and is highly-regarded for his pursuit of the football. He has played his last two seasons at Diablo Valley College in California. Last season, Kragen recorded 65 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Over his entire two seasons at Diablo Valley College, he has recorded 141 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries.
He is currently ranked 49th in the state of California, 10th among weak-side defensive ends, and 156th nationally among junior college recruits by 247Sports.
Kragen will be a nice addition for the Illini defense. The Illini defense did not look very good this past season. Their defense was ranked tenth for total defense (387.6 yards per game), tenth for rushing defense (193.9 yards per game), but fifth for passing defense (193.7 yards per game).
Kragen has three years and two season of eligibility left. This means Illinois could redshirt him if they wanted to.
The Fighting Illini now have 24 commitments from the class of 2013.
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