Garfield senior Whitney Mercilus has orally committed to continue his football and academic career at Illinois.
Mercilus, 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, filled a variety of roles for the Golden Rams football team under coach Bob Sax. Mercilus played tight end on offense, kicked, punted and played defensive end.
Mercilus had 24 receptions for 417 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He also made 36 solo tackles and had two sacks.