Like he decided to pick two schools with really good academics? I'm pretty sure it isn't a matter of him being able to get in at BC and Vandy but not at Illinois and Iowa. Vandy isn't on too many fall-back school lists.
Let me just say that it's a lot nicer to see Illinois logo in "final" number graphics with the likes of Alabama, Georgia, USC, Miami, and Texas instead of MAC schools like we used to see during the Beckman days. Even if we don't land a majority of those recruits, this is where you want to be.