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Andrew's O'Connor chooses Illinois

Updated: June 16, 2010, 5:48 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Andrew senior defensive end Chris O'Connor committed to Illinois on Wednesday.

O'Connor, who is 6 foot 5 and 245 pounds, chose the Illini over interest from Air Force, Colorado State, Michigan State, North Dakota State, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

"I compared the schools back to Illinois, and none of them compared," O'Connor said. "Academically, I want to be a civil engineer, and Illinois beats everyone in the nation in that. Their coaching style is very similar to Andrew's. ...

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