Jaylon Tate committed to Illinois after visiting the campus on Thursday.

“I love the school, the program and the coaching staff,” Tate said. “It felt right immediately. This is a place I really want to be. Both coach Groce and coach [Paris] Parham made me feel really comfortable. They told me I’m their guy, they believe in me and that they just want me to go play my game.”

Tate, who also considered Ohio, believes he’ll thrive in John Groce’s perimeter-oriented offense.

“I’ve watched Ohio and coach Groce’s teams, and the style of play was definitely something I like and want to play in,” Tate said. “I have seen what coach Groce has done with his guards.”