Once maligned for his recruiting efforts, Bruce Weber, who already has a strong 2009 recruiting class in place, added another solid piece to a strong 2010 recruiting class with the commitment of Meyers Leonard out of Robinson (Ill.) High School.
"It just seemed like the right fit for me," said Leonard, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound center. "I like the academics there, and I fit in well with the players and the coaches. They also have a lot of other good recruits coming in."
Leonard just recently popped onto the national scene this summer and was beginning to attract a number of high major offers including Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and strong interest from Florida. But an unofficial visit to Illinois in mid-June, swayed Leonard strongly towards the Illini.
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"I also thought about Purdue and Florida, but the last couple weeks Illinois really moved up to the front," he said. "Tisdale will be a senior when I come in, but after that it's pretty wide open for me."
Leonard, who is the No. 94 ranked prospect in the class of 2010, joins Crandall Head and Jereme Richmond in Illinois' 2010 recruiting class.
Meyers Leonard scouting report:
Still developing as a player, Leonard is an intriguing prospect with his length and mobility. He is a shot blocker who can also move out of his position to snag rebounds. His skills with the ball are a work in progress, but he does have a feel for passing the ball. Gaining more strength and confidence will enhance his ability to finish.