Leonard Ends Recruitment; Joins Loaded Class

A number of coaches trailed Meyers Leonard, a 2010 prospect, during the month of July, but it was one Big Ten program that made the biggest impact on the talented big man.

After following Meyers Leonard around throughout the month of July, Bruce Weber and Illinois gained a verbal commitment from the Robinson (Ill.) High standout.

"I think I kind of knew from the beginning that's that where I wanted to go," Leonard told Scout.com. "I like their coaching staff a lot. I like all of them.

"I was talking to them quite a bit," he continued. "I met and talked to Coach [Jerrance] Howard and I've always been talking to Coach Jay [Price] and Coach Bruce Weber."

Every since the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Meyers Leonard has been a hot name among college coaches. He's had a strong following throughout the evaluation period, but it was Illinois that seemed to be everywhere he turned.

"[They had interest] a little bit before [Hoop Jamboree]," Leonard said. "They knew about me and they were talking about maybe offering. Then after Vegas, Philly and Hoop Jamboree [their interest] got a lot bigger."

Leonard, who checks in at No. 43 in the 2010 class rankings, took a trip to Champaign (Ill.) back in June and feel in love with the campus and everything that Illinois had to offer.

"Their campus was amazing," Leonard, who picked Illinois over Louisville, Florida and Purdue, said. "It was by far the best one I've seen. I liked their campus a lot."

Leonard joins an already stacked 2010 recruiting class, that contains commitments from Richton Park (Ill.) Rich South standout Crandall Head and Waukegan (Ill.) High product Jereme Richmond.

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