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Illinois adds Rock for 2010 season

Illinois' secondary is getting a boost less than a week before the start of training camp as defensive back Fritz Rock has been added to the 2010 recruiting class.

Rock, who finished high school in 2008 but didn't play college football last fall because of personal and academic issues, will suit up for the Fighting Illini on Aug. 5 when the team opens preseason practice. Illinois heads to its off-site training camp in Rantoul, Ill., on Aug. 9.

“We are extremely excited to add Fritz to our team at this late date,” Illinois head coach Ron Zook said in a statement. “He is an exceptional athlete who has shown great work ethic to get his academics in order, and he has experience competing at the highest level of Minnesota high school football.”

The 6-foot, 200-pound Rock was named the MVP of the Minnesota Class 5 A state high school championship in 2008. Rock also played wide receiver for Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn.

He recorded a time of 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical leap at the 2008 U.S. Army Junior Combine.