Xavier Rathan-Mayes to visit Illinois

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, one of the top prospects in the 2013 class, has scheduled an official visit to Illinois for the coming weekend.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard recently trimmed his list to Connecticut, Florida State and Illinois. Illinois coaches John Groce and Dustin Ford met with the prospect's mother Monday and were at Huntington (W.V.) Prep today, according to Huntington coach Rob Fulford.

Illinois has three commitments in the 2013 class: Malcolm Hill (Belleville East), Maverick Morgan (Springboro, Ohio) and Kendrick Nunn (Chicago Simeon).

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illini82 wrote on September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Great news!  Let's "reel em' in".  If we can get XRM in the fold and Jackson It'll be the best class since Dee and Deron.


It would be a long shot but if we get those two might not Parker take another look at us?  It's a reach but hey...why not.  Good job John Groce!


So far Groce's recruiting abilities are far above Weber's given the time frame in their coaching careers and Groce has yet to coach a game!

ILLINI04 wrote on September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

We need to FORGET about Jabari Parker and his father that always has something to say. We will be in good shape if we can land XRM and get Jackson! Just think at what Groce can accomplished by landing these 2 kids with Nunn already committed! More then BRUUUCE did in 8 years!

OKOMIS wrote on September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It appears he encourages as opposed to stifles… a coach not stuck in the 60’s or 70’s… the Keady protégé had their day, just like the horse and buggy. With Urban Meyer and hopefully Beckman the B1G won’t be the BCS football doormat much longer either.. Woody Hayes was great in 1970, but I don’t think any kid would play for him today. Like it or not, it’s a different time.

lmaran wrote on September 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Is a combo guard like XR-M a 1 and 2, or a 2 and 3?  I presume the former. I hope Coach Groce connects.

GO ILLINI!