Illinois football continues to build a foundation built on in-state prospects. Three-star Chicago St. Rita edge rusher Pat Farrell verbally committed to Illinois on Sunday following an official visit to Champaign, giving Illinois its fourth in-state commitment in the Class of 2023.

247Sports ranks Farrell the No. 27 prospect in the state of Illinois and the No. 69 EDGE in the Class of 2023. Farrell chose the Illini over FBS offers from Air Force, Army, Wyoming and several Mid-American Conference offers. Illinois was the first power-five program to offer Farrell. He also had interest from Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota, Boston College and Syracuse.

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