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Ohio DT Clements commits to Illini

5/1/2012

The last week has been kind to first-year Illinois coach Tim Beckman as the Fighting Illini picked up commitment No. 3 over just the last six days.

Defensive tackle Jarrod Clements (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) committed to Illinois on Tuesday.

“He can do some special things,” Trotwood-Madison coach Maurice Douglass said. “I think with the scheme they’re going to be running and his explosiveness off the ball, he'll be a very productive player who will have the opportunity to play as a true freshman.

“… I think it's a good decision for him and his family. I know that coach Beckman and Illini nation will be extremely please with the player they're going to get.”

Clements (6-foot-2, 270 pounds) is the second defensive tackle to commit over the last two days. Merrick Jackson (6-foot-2, 340 pounds) committed on Monday.

Four-star athlete Aaron Bailey, who will play quarterback at Illinois, committed April 26.

The Illini now have seven commitments in the 2013 class.