Deon Pate, a 3-star defensive end from Jacksonville (Fla.) power Trinity Christian, committed Monday to Illinois.
— Deon Pate (@DeonPate34) January 31, 2017
Pate had been committed to Appalachian State since the summer, but he de-committed Sunday. At 6-foot-3, 246 pounds, Pate is ranked the 56th-best strong-side defensive end in the country. His only other Power 5 offer came from Rutgers.
His commitment gives Lovie Smith and the Illini 21 for the class of 2017. As a whole, the group ranks ninth in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.
Check out his highlights from his senior season below.