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Florida DE Pledges To Illini

A source with knowledge of the situation reported to 247Sports that Miami (Fla.) Norland defensive end Paul James has committed to Illinois.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound James took an official visit to Champaign the weekend of Jan. 18 and is ranked by the 247Composite as the nation's No. 15 weak-side defensive end.

James chose Illinois over his other two finalists Louisville and West Virginia.

The 26th commit for the Illini in the class-of-2013, James also had offers from the likes of Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

For a complete look at the Illinois recruiting class, click here.

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