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5-star big man Jeremiah Tilmon has asked out of this national lettter of intent. Tilmon delivered the news via a post in Instagram.
"Thank you University of Illinois athletics for understanding my position as a future student athlete that signed to play for Coach Groce but has requested release from NLI since coaching changes. My family and I feel it's only fair that we hear all opportunities and not be stuck in one situation.
"We will wait patiently on the release from the NLI. Illinois will always remain an option because of my ongoing relationship with Coach Walker but this is my future and I need to be certain before I come to campus in June."
Tilmon was the prize of the Illini's highly ranked recruiting class. He had previously indicated he would stick with the Illini following the hiring of new head coach Brad Underwood. Tilmon retweeted his commitment to Illinois on Tuesday, but something obviously changed in the last couple of days.
Rivals.com ranks Tilmon the No. 25 player in the class of 2017. He committed to Illinois last summer over offers from Kansas, North Carolina, and others.
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