Illinois Football: Keith Randolph picks Illini over Michigan State

The Illinois football team is putting together a really good class of 2019, and they just added another commitment to the mix.

Keith Randolph just announced his commitment and signed the National Letter of Intent to join the Illini next season. This is a huge pickup for the Orange and Blue and one that will help build the defensive line into an even better unit.

Randolph is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound strong-side defensive end from Belleville West High School in Belleville, Illinois. He is rated as a three-star recruit who is the No. 593 player in the class of 2019 and the No. 41 strong-side defensive end in the nation. He is also the No. 9 player in the state of Illinois as well.

The decision for Randolph seemed to have come down to Illinois, Michigan State and, potentially, Florida State. The Seminoles came in with a late offer on Tuesday night, which made Randolph think about his decision further. He decided to pick the Illini, though.

With the commitment of Randolph, Illinois adds another big-time defensive player to the roster. He now joins Seth Coleman and Moses Okpala on the defensive line for the class of 2019. The defense for the Illini, in general, has improved greatly as well.

Illinois is bringing in three defensive linemen and two defensive backs to help the defense next season. Marquez Beason is the highest rated defensive player coming in for the Illini. But, both Okpala and Randolph are both top 600 players in the country. That is an instant upgrade to our depth.

Next: Marquez Beason signs NLI with the Illini

The Illini won a tough recruiting battle to be able to land Randolph on the first day of the early signing period. This is a huge step in the right direction for this program. Let’s add more to this already talented class of 2019.