Source: Simeon's Spearman picks Illini

Simeon senior linebacker Reggie Spearman committed to Illinois on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Spearman, who is 6-foot-1 and 218 pounds, also had offers from Akron, Ball State, Houston , Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan.

Spearman is ranked the No. 47 outside linebacker in the country and is the 15th-ranked prospect in the state by ESPN Recruiting.

Illinois now has 17 commitments, including six from in state, in its Class of 2013.