Illinois lost its only linebacker commit in the Class of 2013.
In a move that wasn't too unexpected, Chicago Simeon senior Reggie Spearman, who verbally committed to Illinois on Aug. 7, decided he would attend Iowa during a ceremony at Simeon on Tuesday night.
Tim Beckman’s class is now down to 25 players as National Signing Day approaches on Wednesday, and Illinois does not have a player who specializes at linebacker.
Spearman picked the Hawkeyes over Illinois, Minnesota and Syracuse. His decision only leaves Illinois with three players from the Chicagoland area — quarterback Aaron Bailey from Bolingbrook, defensive tackle Bryce Douglas from Plainfield Central and defensive back Jaylen Dunlap from Crete-Monee — in this year’s recruiting class.