Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Chicago Marist 3-star TE T.J. Ivy has a top-4

Chicago Marist tight end T.J. Ivy takes one step closer to a decision with three Big Ten programs and one Big 12 team vying for his services

Ivy broke down his top-four for Illini Inquirer

T.J. Ivy trimmed his list to four on Thursday: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and West Virginia.

Iowa is the lone school on his list that has not extended a scholarship offer. Ivy, ranked as the nation's No. 39 tight end by Scout Recruiting, held over twenty offers before this cut, although he did state that his recruitment was still "open" to other programs.  Ivy also has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Cincinnati, Purdue, Oregon State and Syracuse, among others.

Illinois offered Ivy in February, and he followed up with a visit shortly. They have prioritized him even more since four-star Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford committed to Arkansas in March. The Illini also are heavily recruiting Ivy's teammate Gavin McCabe, a three-star defensive end.

"Lovie Smith, I always looked up to him especially when he was the coach of the Chicago Bears," Ivy told Illini Inquirer in February. "It's really good to have him back at Illinois. It was humbling, and I'm really blessed to have an offer. Coach (Luke) Butkus, he's been through the school multiple times. I've been able to build up a relationship with him."

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