Illini lose out on Wingo

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Running back Ronnie Wingo announced today that he will play his college ball at Arkansas.

Wingo selected the Razorbacks over Missouri and Illinois, which finished third in the running. He would have been a solid pickup for the Illini, who plucked another running back, Jason Ford, from the St. Louis area last season. Ford became a key contributor as a true freshman.

Illinois has two other running backs committed -- Bud Golden and Greg Fuller -- for its 2009 class.

Wingo was ranked as the nation's 34th-best running back by ESPN's Scouts Inc.