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Late signings boost Illinois football recruiting haul

Late signings boost Illinois football recruiting haul

Illinois closed out its recruiting season with a few home runs.

The Illini added some late gems to the Class of 2015, rated No. 45 nationally and No. 7 in the Big Ten in's composite rankings. The class had been projected Wednesday morning to finish 53rd and 10th.

Their rating improved on national signing day when they landed a few athletes who still were making their final decisions in the morning.

Defensive tackle Jamal Milan, a three-star recruit from Raby High School, picked Illinois over offers from Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa State.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, a four-star running back from Nashville, Tenn., picked Illinois over West Virginia, Louisville and...