Peoria's Green gives Illinois fans early Christmas present


PEORIA -- One of the most highly touted football recruits in Illinois is headed to the U of I.

Peoria High School defensive lineman Kendrick Green has committed to Lovie Smith and the Fighting Illini.

Green, a 4-star prospect (, helped Peoria win the 5A state championship in November.

"I picked Illinois because I was part of a rebuilding process at Peoria High and I want to do the same thing in Champaign," Green said.

Green becomes the 15th member of Lovie Smith's first recruiting class.

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