Another Local Player Chooses Illinois
No, not DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate. Not yet, at least. Though the Illini and Maryland remain in the picture for the two-time All-Met. Expect a decision from him next week.
Buried in an email from Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies describing his seniors getting ready to sign letters-of-intent comes this nugget: defensive lineman Ugo Uzodinma has switched his commitment from Virginia to Illinois.
"When Mike London went to Richmond, Ugo decided to open up his options and he decided to go to Illinois," Jefferies said this morning. "That's hot off the presses. [Illinois recruiting mastermind Mike] Locksley didn't know until the last minute. He's coming to the school today.
Uzodinma will join Dunbar lineman Reggie Ellis at Illinois; Ellis is enrolled there for the spring semester. Also, Dunbar defensive back Jharron Armstrong will sign with Kent State and defensive back Abdul Taylor is bound for Cornell. Defensive tackle Dwayne Chappell and defensive back Robert Stewart are expected to sign with I-AA schools.
"Virginia brought four coaches here Tuesday to try to talk him out of it, but he decided not to. Coach London wore a lot of hats at Virginia and for Ugo personally. He recruited him, was the defensive coordinator, the recruiting coordinator and his position coach.
"That's what makes [Illinois Coach Ron] Zook such a good recruiter. He sees how Locksley recruits a kid and gets right in there with him. If Locksley were to leave, Zook's already in there with the kid. [Virginia Coach] Al Groh definitely didn't do that."
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