It’s been a nice recruiting weekend for Lovie Smith and Fighting Illini football. After receiving a verbal commitment from 2021 QB Samari Collier on Saturday, Illinois bulked up its defensive line Sunday night, getting a pledge from 2020 defensive tackle Anthony Shipton.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Shipton is a sophomore at Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif. He tallied 31 tackles, 4 sacks, and 5.5 tackles for loss for the Falcons, and was unanimously named to the First Team defense of the Central League of the Southern California Football Association.
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Shipton selected the Fighting Illini over offers from UTEP, Hawaii, and Arizona.
The defensive front will certainly be an area of need moving forward. Illinois returns Calvin Avery & Jamal Woods next season but has to replace Kenyon Jackson, Jamal Milan & Tymir Oliver along the d-line.
Shipton is the Illini’s 10th commit of the 2020 recruiting class. The early signing period kicks off December 18th.