OL Nworah's Recruitment Winding Down

Following his visit to Illinois this past weekend, former Mizzou commit Mackenzie Nworah is finishing up the recruiting process and hopes to have a decision before too long. Where does Illinois stand? Find out here.

After re-tooling the staff this offseason, Illinois is hoping to finish strong by filling some need positions, and one target, who took his official visit to Illinois this past weekend, is high on the Illini's list.

Nworah, the former Mizzou commit, reopened his recruitment after Tigers coach Gary Pinkel resigned and Barry Odom shook up the assistant coaching staff.  Now that former Missouri OL coach A.J. Ricker is back at Illinois, Nworah is giving the Illini a strong look.

"The visit was good," Nworah said.  "It was good academic-wise and they had great facilities and coaches coming in."

The previous relationship with Ricker from the time he spent recruiting Nworah at Missouri has carried over well so far to Illinois and should work strongly in the Illini's favor.

"It helps (having him there)," Nworah said.  "(Illinois) stands well (with me) having him there, especially having a coach that I've built a relationship with."

At Illinois, Nworah says he sees an opportunity to get on the field early.  And he's probably right.  Unless a couple of the current tackles shift to the interior of the line to guard, the depth chart at the guard position is fairly open for the taking.  

Nworah is still considering a handful of other schools, including Missouri, Houston, Texas State, Kansas State, and Indiana.  He said he will make his decision after completing one final visit to Mizzou next weekend.  He was originally going to visit Houston this weekend, but, having already been to UH, decided to cancel the trip.

After the shakeup at Missouri following Coach Odom's hiring, Nworah did say that the personnel changes did alter his perception of the Mizzou program.  A long relationship with the coaches at Missouri was lost with the departure of most of the staff.

"So far, I've just met the new DC, Coach Cross," Nworah said.  "That changed (my feelings toward Missouri) quite a bit."

When that decision comes in just a few days, the future physical therapy major said that he's looking for the best balance of academics and athletics.

Nworah said, "I'm just looking for the best place where I can study for my degree along with a good atmosphere of coaches and teammates." 

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