Posted: 6:55 pm Monday, January 17th, 2011

Glades Day’s Eaton Spence verbally commits to Illinois 

By Jeff Greer

Glades Day defensive back/receiver Eaton Spence has verbally committed to Illinois.

Eaton Spence (Rivals)

Eaton Spence (Rivals)

Spence (6-0, 175, No. 33 on the Big Board) said the possibility of early playing time plus the top-notch education he’ll get sold him on Illinois. The senior had 10 catches for 202 yards and one touchdown in 2010 and played a major leading role in Glades Day’s state-championship run. He chose Illinois over Marshall, FIU and Northern Illinois, among others.

“He’s a Division I athlete,” Glades Day coach Pete Walker said of Spence back in August.

Throughout the season Walker gushed about Spence’s ability to play almost anywhere on the field because of his athleticism and football IQ. Walker even briefly considered putting Spence at quarterback after starter Tanner Redish suffered a broken collarbone.

Spence will join Glades Day teammate J.T. Thornton, a cornerback who verbally committed to the Illini back on Aug. 4. Thornton suffered a fractured leg at the end of October and missed the remainder of the season, but has since recovered. Spence filled in for Thornton as Glades Day’s top shutdown corner during that stretch.

Verbal commitments are non-binding, and players can sign official letters of intent on national signing day, Feb. 2.