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2017 forward Xavier Tillman narrows list to 19 schools, eliminates Illinois

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John Groce offered a scholarship to class-of-2017 forward Xavier Tillman (MI) last week and, well, it didn't exactly take too long for him to eliminate Illinois from contention. The four-star prospect 'narrowed' his list to 19 schools on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations to DePaul, though.

Illinois Football Links

Cameron Thomas' high school coach believes the latest Illinois commit will continue to work hard (The News-Gazette)

"Cam has a strong arm and great mobility," Verde said. "His explosive speed makes him a huge threat when he’s rolling out."

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John Groce urging Illinois fans to keep the faith (Bloomington Pantagraph)

"We may start the year sitting on one (scholarship)," Groce said. "Which is OK. Sometimes from a chemistry perspective, that's not all bad. If we can't find someone who is a fit and adds value to what we're doing, we'll just hold."

Five-star PG Paul Scruggs (IN) planning visit to Illinois (The Champaign Room)

The class-of-2017 standout is also looking to take additional unofficial trips to Indiana, Michigan State, and Xavier.