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2016 defensive back Harvey Clayton Jr. commits to Illinois over Louisville, Temple

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Clayton is Illinois' fourth commitment of the day.

Fighting Illini football's busy day isn't over. Via his Twitter account, Florida defensive back/wide receiver Harvey Clayton Jr. announced his verbal commitment to Illinois. The six-foot-two, 187 lb. prospect is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and he held scholarship offers from Louisville and Temple, among others.

Clayton is Illinois' fourth verbal commitment of the day; the others are Three-star offensive lineman Eddy Fishthree-star linebacker De'le Harding, and three-star defensive lineman Izon Pulley.

Scouting Report

"Clayton Jr. provides Bill Cubit and Illinois with intriguing size and length in the back end at free safety. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Clayton has good range, and really does a nice job of getting to his spot and tracking the football through the air. "

"Clayton also flashes good body control and balance when diving to the grass to make acrobatic interceptions. He's a kid that's always willing to lay out and make that big play on the defensive side of the ball. Clayton is a good athlete, but not a great athlete. Getting stronger and playing with more physicality in the run game are things he needs to continue to work on as well, but this is a kid that's coveted for his ability to cover ground and make plays on the football."

- Corey Bender,


2016 Illinois Football Recruiting Class