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Illinois is the first Power 5 scholarship offer for 2018 RB Novric Jackson

Welcome to the Orange Minute for Thursday, May 18.

Illinois football has added another name to their 2018 recruiting board. Florida running back Novric Jackson picked up his first Power 5 scholarship offer from the Fighting Illini, and he announced the news from his Twitter account late Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-1 Fort Lauderdale product has yet to be rated by both 247Sports and Scout, however he’s receiving additional interest from Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Memphis has also remained in contact after extending an offer of their own.

The Fighting Illini handed out other scholarship offers on Wednesday to 2019 running back Lentivone Lesane (FL), 2019 athlete Jacquez Stuart (FL), and 2020 safety Jonathan Davis (TX).

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