Illinois has had strong ties to the D.C. area and those continued with the addition of a 6-foot-0, 181-pounder. The cornerback prospect made his pledge to the Illini on Monday night to Ron Zook.
"I'm done, I committed to Illinois earlier this evening," Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson cornerback Joelil Thrash said. "I talked to Coach Zook and he was very excited. He talked about how he was looking forward to getting me up there and how they've gotten the last three top corners out of the D.C. area."
Illinois was Thrash's first official offer.
"I got it about two weeks ago," he said. "I wanted to go to camp and I was up there for two days. I felt like it was a month because I felt so comfortable. It's a very family oriented school and it was like I was right at home.
"I like Coach Locksley. He kept it real genuine and wasn't pushing me to commit or anything. Plus, they have a good up and coming program and of course a lot of players from the area. They've got players on the team from Roosevelt, H.D. Woodson and Dunbar. You see those players go to Illinois and play. They are all satisfied."
Thrash will be a cornerback for Zook and Illinois.
"They have told me I remind them a lot of Travon Bellamy. He played as a freshman, but got hurt as a sophomore," he said. "They haven't talked about playing time, but if I work hard and do what I've got to do I'll see the field."