Chicago Phillips wide receiver decommits from Illini

Chicago Phillips wide receiver decommits from Illini

After two days of winning, Illinois football took a loss Sunday afternoon.

Chicago Phillips wide receiver Fabian McCray announced on Twitter he was backing down from his July commitment to Lovie Smith's program, lightening the 2019 class to nine players.

McCray was Phillips' leading receiver during its run to the 2017 Class 5A state title and remains a key player for the Wildcats, who on Saturday took down two-time defending champion Prairie Ridge to advance to next weekend's Class 6A quarterfinal.

"This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life," McCray wrote in a note posted to Twitter that went on to thank Smith and his coaching staff.

"With all due respect to whom it may concern, after numerous talks with my family, we believe that it is in my best interest to reopen my recruitment and decommit from the University of Illinois to make sure that I am making the best decision for myself and my future."

McCray's decommitment comes two days after Illinois picked up a pledge from St. Louis defensive lineman Moses Okpala, its first commitment in nearly 100 days.

The news also comes less than 24 hours after Illinois won its second Big Ten game of the season with a 55-31 victory over Minnesota in front of the home crowd.

Among the nine remaining in the 2019 class is one of McCray's Phillips teammates, three-star cornerback Joseph Thompson.