Illinois received a verbal commitment from powerful Champaign Centennial senior running back Mike LeShoure Tuesday night.

Illinois received a verbal commitment from powerful Champaign Centennial senior running back Mike LeShoure Tuesday night.


The 6-foot-1, 223-pound LeShoure was long considered a recruiting target for the Illini.


Considered a three-star prospect, he turned down offers from Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, Kansas, Northern Illinois and Boston College.


Instead of taking official visits, LeShoure decided to make the commitment because he wants to enroll for the spring semester.


"I have been around the program for a while now,'' LeShoure told Rivals.com. "I am good friends with a lot of the players and coaches, and it's like a second family. I wanted to stay close to home so my family and friends could see me play.


"Illinois is the place to be because we are only going to get better and better. I can't wait for January to get here so I can officially be a part of the team.''


LeShoure rushed for 1,062 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per carry with 12 touchdowns for team that finished 4-5. He also caught 10 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.