MJ Rivers, a 3-star dual-threat quarterback, announced his commitment to Illinois on Monday.
— Mj Rivers (@King_2_Be) September 11, 2017
Rivers, the son of former NFL tight end Marcellus Rivers, is the 15th member of Illinois’ Class of 2018. The 247Sports composite rates him as the No. 33 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 158 Texas recruit in the class.
Rivers is the third 2018 quarterback to commit to Illinois. He and fellow commits Cordell Littlejohn and Coran Taylor are 3-star recruits on the 247Sports composite, and each is classified as a dual-threat quarterback. It’s a rarity to have that many quarterbacks committed in a single class, but Rivers told Scout that he’s not worried about it.
“I’ve had to compete my whole life,” Rivers said. “Why stop now?”
He visited Illinois over the weekend and informed coach Lovie Smith of his commitment while he was there, according to Scout.
Rivers, 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, attends Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. He also had offers from Iowa State, New Mexico State and New Mexico, among other schools.