Rathan-Mayes to Florida State

Rathan-Mayes to Florida State

CHAMPAIGN — John Groce will have to look elsewhere for his first elite recruit at Illinois.

As expected, Xavier Rathan-Mayes announced his commitment to Florida State tonight. The Huntington (W.V.) Prep combo guard had been considering Connecticut and Illinois.

The Class of 2013 prospect took his only official visit to the Illinois campus and had built a solid relationship with Groce's coaching staff. But the guard's ties to Florida State — his father played there, for one — were too much for Groce's staff to overcome.

Illinois still has one scholarship available for the 2013 class. Groce has said he wants to take at least five players in that class. He has secured four commitments: Kendrick Nunn (Chicago Simeon), Malcolm Hill (Belleville East), Maverick Morgan (Springboro, Ohio) and Jaylon Tate (Simeon).


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Dan Bloeme wrote on October 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

What, you don't consider Kendrick Nunn an elite recruit?

dave1956 wrote on October 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

Tired of the Illini being the bridesmaids. When will they go down the aisle and become brides?

crackerman wrote on October 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

Soon, very soon.......

Andy wrote on October 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

I would have to say that both Kendrick and Malcom are both Elite recruits, they are listed in the TOP 100!

illinifaningeorgia wrote on October 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

And the overall class is Top 20, according to 3 services (ESPN, Rivals, and Scout)