Standing at 6-foot-10 and weighing in at 245 pounds, 2013 center Maverick Morgan had received plenty of attention during his recruitment.
On Wednesday, Morgan made the decision to end his recruitment with a verbal decision to Illinois and newly appointed head coach John Groce.
Morgan, who had also been considering Dayton, Xavier, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, along with a number of other offers and interests, becomes the second commitment for Groce from the class of 2013.
Malcolm Hill, who committed to the Illini under former head coach Bruce Weber (now at Kansas State) made the decision to remain solid on his verbal to the Illini, despite the squad losing Jalen James. James, has since reopened his recruitment to include a number of high major programs.
Morgan is out of Springsboro High School (OH) and currently plays for the Martin Wolverines on the AAU circuit.
“He’s a skilled post with great size and length and terrific upside,” ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin said of Morgan. “He’s an excellent area rebounder. Overall a nice Midwest get for John Groce and his staff.”
Groce, who was hired after an extended search for a new head coach this past spring, led Ohio to the Sweet 16 this past March.
Be sure to like the Arena Pulse on Facebook.
You can follow Paul Seaver on Twitter @TheArenaPulse