In-state D-lineman commits to Illinois 

April, 30, 2012
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Illinois added to its class Monday when it gained a commitment from defensive tackle Merrick Jackson (Belleville, Ill./Althoff Catholic).

Jackson (6-foot-2, 340 pounds) said he could not pass up the opportunity to play close to his family.

"It's close to home so my family can come see me," he said. "It's only like two hours away, and I like the atmosphere of Illinois."