Willowbrook (Ill.) three star ranked outside linebacker prospect Rahkeem Smith (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) has ended his recruiting process, hopefully for the last time, as Smith has given the University of Illinois his verbal commitment after his weekend visit to Champaign.
"I committed to the Illini on my official visit," Smith said. "I've really happy that things worked out this well for my at Illinois. I was disappointed after Iowa dropped me, but now I'm just as excited about being a part of the Illinois program."
Smith talked about why he decided to commit to the Fighting Illini after his official visit this weekend.
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"I just felt very at home on my visit to Champaign. My family also love Illinois and they had a good time on my visit getting to know the new coaches. My host was Jarvis Newson, and it seems like all I did all weekend long was eat. I really enjoyed getting to know the players and the coaches at Illinois. It seems like I knew most of the players on the team already, and I just got along really well with all of them."
"I committed to the Illini for several reasons. First of all I think that I'll have a good chance of earning some early playing time. I was also just very comfortable and very at home on my visit this weekend. I also got along very well with the new coaches at Illinois, they really went out of their way to talk with me and to let me know that they wanted me to be a part of the program. Also, my family is really excited about my choosing the Illini because my brother is already running track for the Illini. It's great to have one of my best friends on the same campus."
Smith, who earlier this year gave the University of Iowa his verbal commitment only to see that offer rescinded, holds no ill will towards anyone and is just looking forward to playing for the Fighting Illini .
"The past is the past, and I'm just excited that things have worked out this way. I wasn't really recruited that hard by Coach Turner and his staff early on, but if I was I definitely would have thought about giving anyone my early verbal commitment if the Illini were more interested at the time. Now I get to play for the Illini, I get to earn a great degree from a great school, and I also get to go to school with my family and friends. I have nothing to complain about at all."
Smith is also a solid verbal commit to the Illini.
"I'm definitely a solid verbal commit to the Fighting Illini. I was scheduling a few official visits late, but I'm canceling those visits now."