Snider pledges to Illinois

Quentin Snider pledged to Illinois on Thursday. The four-star prospect out of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard told why he opted to go with John Groce's program.

After taking official visits to UCLA and Illinois on back-to-back weekends, Quentin Snider opted to end his college recruitment.

Snider committed to John Groce and Illinois Thursday night.

"Basically coach Groce, he's a family man," Snider explained. "I had a real good relationship with him. I just liked the style of play."

"The whole coaching staff is easy to talk to," he added. "I felt real comfortable around them. It's a perfect fit."

Two weeks ago Snider took an official visit to UCLA. He left that visit favoring the Bruins. He contemplated committing, but instead took a visit to Illinois. He said that trip to Champagne (Ill.) sold him on Groce's program.

"When I went on the visit, coach Groce just seemed real trustworthy," Snider told "The players said everything he said to them during recruiting is true. I'm glad I took that visit. I was ready to commit, but I'm just glad I took that visit."

Snider's father – Scott – said Groce and his staff laid out a plan for his son's development

"For us he just really went in to detail about how he was going to use Quentin and the system he plays," the elder Snider said. "He basically wants to use him like they used D.J. Cooper at Ohio. They showed videos of D.J. and his stats. Their style is kind of like how he plays at Ballard too."

"It was just the way he was so detailed about how he could develop Quentin," he added. "He had an exact plan. That and the film and he kept showing us how he used D.J. Cooper and how he wants to use him at Illinois."

According to Scott, the Illinois staff did a great job getting to know him and his son in a short amount of time.

"When Q first opened up his recruitment Coach [Dustin] Ford came in and laid the ground work," he said. "Then coach [John] Groce started calling. We met [Paris] Parham, [Ryan] Pedon and [Jamall] Walker. They were all just easy to get along with."

Snider began getting national attention as a freshman. Then he worked his way up the rankings playing for Ellis Myles and the Louisville Magic, Snider showed an ability to make shots from both mid-range and three. He's skilled, a very good passer and a high IQ basketball player.

Snider is ranked as the No. 7 point guard and the No. 31 overall recruit in the 2014 class.

Illinois now has three pledges in their 2014 recruiting class. Snider joins four-star power forward Leron Black and three-star big man Michael Finke.

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