- Scott Powers, Reporter
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Bolingbrook junior quarterback Aaron Bailey committed to Illinois on Thursday, according to his high school coach.
Bailey, who is 6-2 and 216 pounds, is ranked the No. 37 athlete in the Class of 2013 and the 11th best recruit in Illinois by ESPN Recruiting.
Bailey was recruited by a number of other schools an athlete and not a quarterback.
“He wanted a chance to play quarterback,” Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow said. “That’s something Illinois saw him as. Other people projected him as a wide receiver, defensive back, this and that.
“People who think he’s can’t play quarterback don’t know him. They don’t know anything. They can ask anyone we play against. We run the ball 85 percent of the time. Trust me, he can throw it.”
Bailey was 58-of-131 passing for 1,039 yards, seven interceptions and 10 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for 1,983 yards and 30 touchdowns on 257 carries.
Bailey, who was an ESPNChicago.com all-area selection, led Bolingbrook to the 2011 Class 8A state championship. He threw 140 yards and rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the state title game.
The Illini now have five Class of 2013 commitments, including three from in-state.