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College football early signing day updates: Illinois lands Belleville West DE Keith Randolph

The early national signing period for college football began Wednesday morning and ends Friday. Follow along here for updates on Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern and Northern Illinois signees.

After Friday, high school recruits can’t sign national letters of intent until Feb. 6.

Check back for more updates as news unfolds.

Illinois

Defensive end Keith Randolph pulled on a cap with “Littyville” spelled across the front.

That was good news for Illinois, which had hoped the Belleville West star would select the Illini over Michigan State. The Illini have nicknamed Champaign “Littyville” as a recruiting pitch.

It seemed to have worked on Randolph, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound three-star recruit who was ranked No. 9 in the state.

Fitzgerald hopes the 6-4, 242 pound Olges can develop into a tackle in the mold of Jordan Thompson, Fred Wyatt and Tyler Lancaster.

“Duke is a big kid, really physical,” Fitzgerald said. “He was a two-way player in high school that we will start on the D-line. I like his athleticism and size potential. He’s a really good baseball player too. As we were evaluating, the question was: Can he get big enough? And then all of a sudden we see him in May and it’s: Oh, he’s big enough now.”

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