Paul James, of Miami Norland (Fla.), committed to the Illini Wednesday, a source close to the staff confirmed.
James takes the place of Evan Panfill, who switched his verbal commitment to Purdue earlier this week.
A three-star recruit, James is a 6-3, 235-pound rush end rated as the No. 65 player at his position.
Currently, the Illini have 26 players in the 2013 class, 10 of which are already on campus, enrolled in classes and expected to participate in spring practices. The rest can sign a letter-of-intent beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6.