Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence will declare for the 2013 NFL draft on Friday, NFLDraftScout.com reported.
Spence, a redshirt junior, currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9 defensive tackle and the No. 90 prospect overall.
While starting every game the past three seasons for Illinois, Spence has proved he's solid against the run. He finished third on the team in tackles (72) this past season and had seven tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.
Spence is the third underclassmen among defensive tackles to declare early for the NFL draft, joining Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins and Missouri's Sheldon Richardson.