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Four-Star WR Malik Elzy Signs with Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In-state and four-star wide receiver Malik Elzy is officially a member of the Fighting Illini. Elzy announced his commitment to Illinois live on NBC at the 2023 All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Elzy is Illinois’ 22nd member of the 2023 Signing Class, joining 21 other Fighting Illini that inked National Letters of Intent on Dec. 21. To see information on Illinois’ entire December Signing Class, click here.

Elzy is a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Chicago and Simeon High School. He had over 1,000 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns as a senior, on his way to more than 25 college offers. Elzy is a top 150 player in the nation according to Rivals and the No. 24 wide receivers in the nation.

Elzy is Illinois’ highest rated wide receiver recruit since five-star Arrelious Benn in 2007. Illinois landed two four-star skill position recruits (WR Elzy, RB Feagin) for the first time since 2009 (QB Scheelhaase, RB Golden).

Malik Elzy

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• Four-star recruit by 247Sports Composite, Rivals, and On3 Consensus
• Three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN, and On3
• Position ranks: #24 (Rivals), #55 (247Sports), #58 (ESPN), #61 (On3)
• State ranks: #3 (Rivals), #4 (On3), #8 (247Sports), #9 (ESPN)
• National ranks: #142 (Rivals), #305 (247Sports Composite), #321 (On3 Consensus)
• Played for head coach Dante Culbreath at Simeon
• Announced commitment to the Illini at the 2023 All-American Bowl
• Led Simeon to a 12-1 record as a senior with Chicago Public League and Prep Bowl titles
• 45 receptions for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior
• 35 receptions for 674 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior
• Offers included Auburn, Cincinnati, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

• Born on July 15, 2005
• Son of Curtis and Jackie Elzy
• One brother, Devonta, and one sister, Dorian
• Brother, Devonta, played football at Division II Northwood University in Michigan
• Chose Illinois because, “The tradition, coaching staff, the environment. They are really big on family and I can feel the real love from the coaches.”

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