Three-star Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglass defensive lineman Jamarrion Harkless verbally committed to Illinois on Sunday following an official visit to Illinois. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect chose the Illini over a loaded offer list that included Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Purdue, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, South Carolina and West Virginia.

247Sports ranks Harkless the No. 69 defensive line prospect in the Class of 2023 and the No. 5 overall prospect in Kentucky. Illinois linebackers coach Andy Buh and Illinois defensive line coach Terrance Jamison led the Illinois push for Harkless.

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