O'Toole latest QB to commit to Illini
CHICAGO -- Illinois continued its trend of landing local quarterback talent, receiving a commitment from Wheaton Warrenville South senior Reilly O'Toole on Monday.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound O'Toole provides the Illini with their third Chicago-area quarterback recruit in two years, after signing Downers Grove South's Chandler Whitmer and Prospect's Miles Osei last season.
"I really think the new offensive coordinator [Paul] Petrino and the quarterbacks coach [Jeff] Brohm will have an offensive style that will change the way Illinois does things," Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch said. "I think it's a really good fit for Reilly. I think he's one of the more accurate passers I've ever coached. He's tall enough to see over the line. He's a big, strong kid. He has a very accurate passing game and a good understanding of the passing game."
O'Toole, considered the area's top quarterback prospect, helped Wheaton Warrenville South to a Class 7A state title last season. He was 144-for-233 for 2,119 yards, 24 touchdowns and three interceptions last year.
O'Toole chose Illinois over Akron, Minnesota, Northwestern and Toledo.
"He was very highly recruited by Northwestern," Muhitch said. "He also had an offer from Minnesota, and Nebraska was after him. The Big Ten was a really nice fit for him."
Wheaton Warrenville South offensive lineman Luke Luhrsen, who is 6-4 and 280 pounds, also committed to Kansas on Monday.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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