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Brown makes Illinois official

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 10:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 9:08 a.m. CDT
Monica Maschak - Half back Dre Brown runs the ball into the end zone for the first touch down of the game in the first quarter against Batavia in the first round of the IHSA class 6A playoffs at Batavia High School on Friday, November 1, 2013.

DeKalb senior running back Dre Brown officially signed a scholarship tender Monday to enroll in the University of Illinois.

“Signed my tender yesterday and I’m officially a Fighting Illini!” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon. He did not return messages left by the Daily Chronicle.

Brown led the area in rushing and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior, helping the Barbs to a 5-5 record and their first playoff berth in four seasons. He was a Daily Chronicle first-team all-area selection. Illinois offered Brown after his sophomore season. Brown also has offers from Northern Illinois, Indiana, Toledo, Kent State and Western Michigan, and was gaining more interest from numerous BCS schools.

“That’s where I’m most comfortable,” Brown told the Daily Chronicle in March. “I want to represent my state ... and just the coaches and the education I’d get at the university.

With the paperwork signed, the Illinois program was able to acknowledge it.

“Excited to have @Dre_BrownXXXIII officially a part of our family. First Class #FREAKS,” tweeted running backs coach Alex Golesh.

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