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Old Aug 6, 2017, 09:34 AM   #1651
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Without more context and info, it's impossible to know where any team stands with Zion Griffin. He's had a few intense weeks and the dust needs to settle. If you look at his offers, though, it's not unreasonable to think Iowa State could make his final's list. Having said that, I wouldn't trade places with Iowa State or any other team regarding his recruitment. We have a lot of recruiting advantages--assuming Griffin believes he has what it takes to compete at Illinois. We believe he does, but does he? The attention he is getting is somewhat new and he may need some time to assess where he fits in best.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 10:12 AM   #1652
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Without more context and info, it's impossible to know where any team stands with Zion Griffin. He's had a few intense weeks and the dust needs to settle. If you look at his offers, though, it's not unreasonable to think Iowa State could make his final's list. Having said that, I wouldn't trade places with Iowa State or any other team regarding his recruitment. We have a lot of recruiting advantages--assuming Griffin believes he has what it takes to compete at Illinois. We believe he does, but does he? The attention he is getting is somewhat new and he may need some time to assess where he fits in best.
This. I wouldn't trade places with any other school for Griffin's services, with the huge caveat that we know very little about the factors he considers paramount. Many, if not most, prospects consider a legit path to early playing time to be very important.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 10:35 AM   #1653
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Hmmm first time Ive read this. I assume you heard something?
Yeah first I've heard about it too. Thought I would hear something thru other sources. But a writer on another board mentioned it. Someone who's talked to Okoro on at least one or two occasions.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 10:44 AM   #1654
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Corey Evans‏ @coreyevans_10 2h2 hours ago
Illinois has offered 2019 five star @teamloadedaau big man Armando Bacot


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Old Aug 6, 2017, 10:45 AM   #1655
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Frankly despite what some people claim I've never been real convinced Ayo ends up here. If he does fantastic but his kind of the recruitment is the kind that I'll believe he ends up at UI when I see it.
See, that's where I am, too. It seems like Illinois fans routinely gets worked up about an in-state prospect who is "in the bag" until the bluebloods get involved and then they're gone without a second thought. I guess what's different this time is Coleman and the excitement around the new staff in general.

Just can't shake the feeling that I've seen this movie before. I hope I'm wrong.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 11:19 AM   #1656
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No way we get him, not that we really care if we get Okoro, but it would be pretty sweet to have an Armando on our team.

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Old Aug 6, 2017, 11:24 AM   #1657
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See, that's where I am, too. It seems like Illinois fans routinely gets worked up about an in-state prospect who is "in the bag" until the bluebloods get involved and then they're gone without a second thought. I guess what's different this time is Coleman and the excitement around the new staff in general.

Just can't shake the feeling that I've seen this movie before. I hope I'm wrong.
I'd be surprised if anyone thinks Ayo's "in the bag," and of course, when a recruit is considering multiple offers, it's always makes sense to bet on the field. But here's a simple question: What one team would you pick over Illinois? Would you be willing to put your money on them rather than Illinois? He may not commit to us, but at the moment, there are reasons to be hopeful.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 01:29 PM   #1658
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Brian Snow‏ @BSnowScout 10m10 minutes ago
July stock riser Aaron Henry announces his top five of Butler, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Xavier http://www.scout.com/Player/Aaron-Henry-94629 …
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 01:29 PM   #1659
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Brian Snow‏ @BSnowScout 10m10 minutes ago
July stock riser Aaron Henry announces his top five of Butler, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Xavier http://www.scout.com/Player/Aaron-Henry-94629


I remember someone on here saying he was a lock for IU...


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Old Aug 6, 2017, 01:36 PM   #1660
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I'd be surprised if anyone thinks Ayo's "in the bag," and of course, when a recruit is considering multiple offers, it's always makes sense to bet on the field. But here's a simple question: What one team would you pick over Illinois? Would you be willing to put your money on them rather than Illinois? He may not commit to us, but at the moment, there are reasons to be hopeful.

IMO, I have always thought Ayo was looking for the"bright lights" of the big boys. Now recruiting has been on going for awhile, he has alot of offers on his mantle. My thoughts is he would go to one of the big dogs, but as on late he has been excepting all his offers without much fanfare. Think we have better than 50/50 chances of getting him here. Still think it's in spring b4 he commits. BU has made best efforts to being fore front, we have made the pitch. Think he plays season out and then makes a commit. Hoping it's us.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 01:39 PM   #1661
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I remember someone on here saying he was a lock for IU...


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Never said it was a lock. Never a lock in recruiting until the pen hits the paper.

Had heard he was likely going to be interested as soon as they offered. Recruiting is fluid so I am not surprised.

The last I had heard up until this recent visit here, and the MSU offer was that IU was a top school for him. Once Damezi Anderson, and others committed, you can see why IU became less likely.

Heard that yesterdays visit went extremely well for him however, and he really liked BU. Heard he might try to schedule officials to all 5, and then make decision.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 01:52 PM   #1662
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Brian Snow‏ @BSnowScout 10m10 minutes ago
July stock riser Aaron Henry announces his top five of Butler, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Xavier http://www.scout.com/Player/Aaron-Henry-94629


Would be surprised if he doesn't end up at Butler


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Old Aug 6, 2017, 02:54 PM   #1663
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Stop worrying gents, Ayo is coming to illinois. Nothing more to talk about with him.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 03:01 PM   #1664
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Brian Snow‏ @BSnowScout 10m10 minutes ago
July stock riser Aaron Henry announces his top five of Butler, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Xavier http://www.scout.com/Player/Aaron-Henry-94629
Great news. Looks like a tough recruitment, but it might help with Griffin.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 03:30 PM   #1665
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Stop worrying gents, Ayo is coming to illinois. Nothing more to talk about with him.
Heard it was a done deal. Not sure why people are doubtful.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 03:34 PM   #1666
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Stop worrying gents, Ayo is coming to illinois. Nothing more to talk about with him.


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Old Aug 6, 2017, 04:14 PM   #1667
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Heard it was a done deal. Not sure why people are doubtful.
You must be new here.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 05:17 PM   #1668
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Heard it was a done deal. Not sure why people are doubtful.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 05:46 PM   #1669
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I'm glad that he did his Top 5 cut after visit to us. One of those where you'd believe him to be happy enough with us if doesn't like a future visit more. UConn & others offered, but looks like there might be some geography in his Top 5. 247 has 3 CBs all for MSU. Unofficials set up for Xavier 8/20 & OSU 8/27.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 05:53 PM   #1670
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Scott Burgess‏ @scottybscout 9m9 minutes ago
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 05:54 PM   #1671
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 05:58 PM   #1672
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While I really wanted him, we have a number of other possibilities that are probably on an equal level so will have to hope we land one of them.
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 06:12 PM   #1673
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Stop worrying gents, Ayo is coming to illinois. Nothing more to talk about with him.
HC. Now I must ridicule you, as I did last time. I am hoping to eat crow once again!
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 06:22 PM   #1674
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Haven't been here for awhile. What is up with the recruitment of Tim Finke?
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Old Aug 6, 2017, 07:03 PM   #1675
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Finke might be our 3rd option at that position. Still think he would do well in BU offense. Think THT and Griffin would project to post better and defend better. Finke needed to have his jumper on the money this summer and it wasn't from reports I read.
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