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Three-star linebacker DeCalon Brooks plans to visit Illinois Football

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When Lovie Smith took over Fighting Illini football, his first scholarship offer went out to three-star linebacker/safety DeCalon Brooks. The program's interest evidently hasn't subsided since that first phone call as Brooks recently informed Rivals.com that a visit to Champaign is in the works. The Florida native is the son of Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, who played under Smith in Tampa Bay from 1996-2000.

Illinois was the first Power 5 program to offer Brooks, and he has since picked up a scholarship from Florida State (his father's alma mater). He also cited South Florida and Rutgers as two other schools showing significant interest.

Florida State is clearly the lone school that jumps off the page, but that doesn't mean this recruitment is a done deal. Brooks is the No. 1114 overall player in 247Sports' composite rankings so the Seminoles are likely prioritizing other players at the moment. There's still plenty of time for Lovie Smith to take advantage of his unique relationship to the family and vault the Illini to the top of Brooks' list -- if they aren't already.

July 23, 2016 Poll Question

Which school will eventually land DeCalon Brooks? Make sure to case your vote below, and let us know what you think down in the comments! To view the results from yesterday's question, click here.

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