Illinois flips Oklahoma commit Laine Jenkins

Butler Community College edge rusher Laine Jenkins committed to Illinois. The news broke Friday — mere days after Jenkins made a verbal pledge to Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Yes, we live in a timeline in which Illinois flips football prospects from Oklahoma. It’s a glorious time in history, but I would recommend frequently looking outside to make sure frogs are not descending from the heavens.

As for Jenkins himself, he’s a somewhat raw prospect. He’s a piece of long-term clay for an outside linebacker group with future NFL players Seth Coleman and Gabe Jacas projected to start in 2023. Veteran Ezekiel Holmes returns to add depth and experience to Charlie Bullen’s squad.

Also, exciting prospects like redshirt freshman Jared Badie and true freshman Trey Smith make this one of the roster’s most intriguing, competitive position rooms.

Laine Jenkins is another in-state prospect joining an Illini roster that is truly reclaiming its title as the University…

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