Snider's dad: Illini in mix for point guard

In July when Quentin Snider backed out of the commitment he made to Louisville two years ago, Scott Snider figured there would be interest in his son from college basketball coaches. What surprised him, though, was how quickly and often the phone began ringing with programs inquiring about landing the point guard.

Illinois coach John Groce was among the first calls the Sniders received.

“I think they called that night. Coach Groce said (Illinois guard) Aaron (Cosby) told them they needed to get in contact with us,” Dad said. “They looked him up and everything and called either that night or early the next morning.”

The Illini have been in hot pursuit of the 6-foot point guard, who arrives today for an official visit, ever since. The visit comes earlier than expected because Snider, a four-star recruit rated in the top 40 by all the major recruiting services, changed the date of his Sept. 27 visit with Illinois to this weekend.

The trip to the UI campus comes a week after the Sniders made an official visit to UCLA.

This weekend originally was scheduled as a visit to Memphis, but Snider released his list of seven schools he’s considering last week — Illinois, UCLA, USC, Michigan State, Cincinnati, UConn and Oklahoma State — and the Tigers didn’t make the cut.

“We had the week off and he really liked UCLA a lot last week, and we wanted to make sure he saw some other schools to compare,” Scott Snider said. “We felt it would be good to get them done early instead of waiting until the 28th.”

Snider, rated 31st in the Class of 2014 by Rivals, 31st by Scout and 28th by ESPN, has visits with Michigan State and UConn scheduled for later this month.

Scott Snider said all seven schools on the list are still in play.

Working in Illinois’ favor is the relationship Quentin has with Cosby, a fellow Louisville native. The transfer from Seton Hall has had an enjoyable experience at the UI so far, something Scott Snider hears about from Cosby’s father.

“He said everything is going great so far; Coach Groce has been great to Aaron,” Scott Snider said. “Coach Groce watched out for Aaron when he had his double-hernia surgery this summer, and I know Aaron’s dad is real fond of Coach Groce.”

Snider also has a relationship with Leron Black, who last week committed to Illinois during his official visit to campus. Scott Snider isn’t sure, even if Quentin has an enjoyable visit to Illinois, that his trip will end in the same fashion.

“We’ll need to go home and talk about it more, maybe take another visit and make sure that’s where his heart is,” Scott Snider said. “He liked UCLA; he liked it a whole lot. I wanted him to at least take another visit and not just jump on the first visit; we did that last time with Louisville. If he goes to Illinois and comes back and says he still likes UCLA and that’s where his heart is at, OK. He might get to Illinois and like it, and I wanted to make sure we visited there.”

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Moonpie wrote on September 06, 2013 at 10:09 am

This article exposes the Sleepy Gazoo cheerleaders who have been crowing that moving up his UI visit means he's leaning toward us. In fact, the opposite seems plausible--his father here in this article reveals that he prodded the kid to keep others in mind and admitted the kid loves UCLA. I hope we nab him, but it sounds like he's leaning toward UCLA. Maybe Sir Tate Legend needs to point out to him that The Boneyard is much better than the Pacific Ocean.

BandOfGypsies wrote on September 06, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Nowhere in the article does it state or imply that he is an Illinois lean.  Your act was tiresome and annoying a long, long time ago.  Please do us all a favor and find a more productive use of your time.

JDG613 wrote on September 06, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Moonpie - Your continued, incessant tirade against the newspaper and Tate, specifically, remains hard to stomach.  If you retain that much distaste for both, why in the world do you continue to read the material??  It only leads to your apparent need to express that distaste publicly, which is rather ridiculous and juvenile.

All 3 of the responses you've generated seem to be fairly clear that you are in the biased minority.

Then again....if that's how you wish to be perceived, keep on keeping on.....

IlliniMike05 wrote on September 06, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Do you even read the same words as the rest of us? Do words have totally different meanings to you? Are you so delusional that you think you're the lone voice of reason in a sea of sycophantic fanboys?

These aren't rhetorical questions. Answer them.

Seriously, where in anything written in here is any opinion expressed- or any reporting of the facts remotely framed as such- that makes you think the writer is saying Illinois leads for Snider? Where does his dad say he "loves" UCLA?

Just admit this is a bit, that you're trolling, so we can all get on with ignoring you like we all already should. It's gone on long enough. You hooked enough people. Be done with it, because it's not entertaining. No one with the ability to properly structure a sentence is stupid enough to believe the things you say. Go away.

 

walker wrote on September 06, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Wrong again moonpie - nowhere in this article is it stated that this kid's moved up visit means what you implied in your comment.  If there is a cheerleader in the room, it is typically you doing a rah rah rant trying to make people see what is rarely ever there.    

azfan wrote on September 06, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Cowpie must like being the Gazoo's fool. Without his stupid remarks there would only be half the replys, I still say we can stop all this if Tate will leave Cowpie's girlfriend alone.

rdoyle wrote on September 06, 2013 at 4:09 pm

 Tate has better taste than that

increvable wrote on September 06, 2013 at 10:09 pm

He doesn't want to play for the national champions? Huh, that's kind of odd. Well, hope Groce can get him, he's on a good streak.

IlliniMike05 wrote on September 07, 2013 at 2:09 pm

What's odd is that the national champions recruited over a near-5 star hometown PG. Granted, Chris Jones and Terry Rozier- even though they committed after Snider did- are coming in this year and they needed to replace Siva, but then they also add Jaquan Lyle in the '14 class.

rmitchell wrote on September 08, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You nailed it, MP

the kid and his handlers playn us like a strad