No leader for D'Angelo McCray

Four-star defensive tackle will choose between FSU and Illinois Thursday.

it's almost time for four-star defensive tackle D'Angelo McCray to make a collegiate decision.

So what will it be? The in-state school just 2 1/2 hours from home or the lesser known program in the northern part of the country that is attracting some of the nation's top prospects?

As of now, nobody knows if it will be FSU or Illinois - not even McCray.

"I have no leader," he told late Tuesday night. "I have to sit down and think about. I don't know who it's going to be."

The battle between FSU and Illinois may seem like a one-sided affair because of the storied history of the Seminoles. But Illinois and head coach Ron Zook are not so quietely establishing a solid recruiting class that is highlighted by five-star wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who strongly considered FSU as well.

Benn is just one of quite a few highly touted prospects that are interested in the Illini.

And that's the primary reason why McCray is having such a hard time deciding which college to attend.

"They have an up-and-coming program and a lot of good guys are going to play there," McCray said. "It would be good to be a part of one of their best recruiting classes ever."

Don't get mixed up, however. McCray is still very interested in Florida State as well.

It has been highly publicized that the 6-foot-4 and 290-pound defender has a very strong relationship with FSU defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins. The two have formed a special bond that could potentially put the 'Noles over the top when it comes time to make his decision Thursday.

"He's a really good coach. He knows how to put guys into the (NFL)," McCray said. "We talk all the time. It would be good to play for him."

Where will McCray end up? He will make his announcement in the afternoon Thursday and it will be aired on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

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