Miami Cornerback Intrigued By Illini Offer

In a continuing quest for defensive backfield talent, the Fighting Illini are checking out Miami products. Among those identified for a scholarship offer is Troy McCollum. The North Miami cornerback may have to wait until an official visit to make it to the Midwest, but he is intrigued by the offer.

Troy McCollum is being recruited by two Illinois assistant coaches.

"Billy Gonzales is my recruiting coach, and the defensive backfield coach (Steve Clinkscale) came and offered me. He came to a track meet and watched me."

What does he think of the offer?

"I got the offer about a week ago, and I'm very proud of it. I now have 10 offers. Besides Illinois, I have Mississippi, Mississippi State, FIU, Bowling Green, South Alabama, Utah State, UCF and Indiana."

The 6'-0", 165 pounder has been developing a good relationship with Golzales.

"I've been talking to Coach Gonzales. He's a great guy. We've been talking for a few months now. He's been saying they're looking for corners who can shut down receivers. He says I'm that kind of guy."

McCollum agrees.

"I'm a lockdown cover corner. I can play different coverages; man-to-man is what I'm best at. I'm great at run support. I want to work on my quickness, my explosion and my footwork."

The North Miami product has an idea what he wants in a college and has ambitious plans for his future.

"I want a great coaching staff, a loyal coaching staff. Academics is also important. I'd like to go into Engineering."

He recently competed in the Florida State track meet. An injury slowed him, but he was pleased overall.

"I did well in the state track meet. I pulled my hamstring a little, but I was still proud of myself. My best time in the 400 is 49.3, and my best time in the 100 is 11.4."

McCollum is a three-sport athlete.

"I might play basketball again next year."

Travel limitations may prevent him from seeing his top schools this summer.

"I visited the University of Miami for a Junior Day, and I'm planning to visit FIU. I will come to Illinois if I have a chance to get up there. It may have to wait until an official visit."

McCollum is working hard to help his high school team have a great 2012 season.

"Our team this last year didn't do too good. Right now we have a new coaching staff, so our performance has improved a lot. We have a lot of guys coming back, so we're looking forward to a big season."

He is in no hurry to finalize his college decision.

"Right now, I'm thinking about waiting until Signing Day."

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