Illinois to play third annual Chicago spring game

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ron Zook never misses an opportunity to enhance Illinois' recruiting, and for the third consecutive year the Fighting Illini coach will take his team north to Chicago for a spring scrimmage.

In addition to playing the Orange and Blue game April 25 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois will scrimmage on April 11 at Oak Park River Forest High School, located just west of the Chicago city limits. Illinois held scrimmages at Lemont High School and St. Rita High School the last two seasons.

This year's Chicago spring game honors former Illinois coach Robert Zuppke, who won two national championships at Oak Park River Forest before joining the Illini in 1913. Zuppke led Illinois to four national titles and seven conference titles as head coach for 30 years.

"The last two years, the trips to Chicago have been a big highlight during our spring season," Zook said in a statement. "Our fans in the Chicago area have been great to us and it has proven to be beneficial in recruiting and for our alums."

Illinois redshirt freshman offensive lineman Graham Pocic attended Lemont High, and the team has a multitude of players from the Chicago area, including senior quarterback Juice Williams and junior linebacker Martez Wilson.