Lovie Smith just added another big-time playmaker to his 2017 recruiting class! Florida wide receiver Carmoni Green committed to Illinois on Thursday afternoon, choosing the program over Pittsburgh, Oregon State, Utah, and Central Florida.
Green hails from Miami Central High School and, according to 247Sports, he’s the No. 349 player in the country, making him the highest-rated player currently pledged to the Illini. While the former is considered to be in three-star range, Rivals has Green slotted as a four-star prospect.
Blessed to say that I'm officially committed to the University of Illinois . #WeOnOne #Big10 pic.twitter.com/27zd7Pfz0b— Carmoni Green (@Carmoni_Green) August 25, 2016
At 6-foot-2, Green has potential to become a legitimate downfield threat at the Power 5 level thanks to his excellent speed. Additionally, HUDL tape seems to suggest that Green has a knack for finishing off runs without shying away from contact. That’s a good quality for players to have in the Big Ten. It’s also worth noting that SB Nation labeled Green as one of the top players at the Miami Nike Opening Regional Camp in March — which is saying something because there was a ton of talent on hand.
Green has already said that he plans to graduate early and enroll at Illinois mid-year, so Illini fans can look forward to seeing him at Spring practice next offseason.
Looks like Miami Central four-star WR Carmoni Green will be graduating mid year. Washington State, Illinois and others involved with him— Rob Cassidy (@Cassidy_Rob) August 16, 2016
Green is now the third wideout committed to Illinois (second, if Kendall Smith switches to defense), and he’s the tenth member of the recruiting class overall. This latest addition propels the group to No. 12 (+1) in the Big Ten and No. 61 nationally (+10).
The Illini recruiting class looks primed improve even more later tonight, as three-star defensive end and top target Olalere Oladipo will announce his decision at 6:00pm CT. The Illinois native is also considering Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Duke, and California.