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Illinois Football Recruiting: Fighting Illini Land Austin Roberts

After extending him an offer on June 4th, the Illinois Fighting Illini landed a quality inside linebacker from the class of 2014 on Thursday as Austin Roberts made the call and committed to the Fighting Illini.

Illinois was fully expected to land Roberts’ signature and they landed him over offers from the Air Force Falcons, Army Black Knights, Central Michigan Chippewas, Eastern Illinois Panthers, Harvard Crimson, Illinois State Redbirds, and Wyoming Cowboys.

Austin Roberts is now the fifth recruit from the Class of 2014 to commit to the Illinois Fighting Illini.

This is a pretty nice pick-up for the Illini as their defense will need some reloading for future years to come.

In 2012, Roberts recorded 152 tackles, seven sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown.

The three-star recruit is currently ranked 11th in the state of Wisconsin and 65th among inside linebackers by 247Sports (Composite Rankings).

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