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Jacquille Veii re-opened his recruitment last month with a de-commitment from Maryland. The Class of 2013 has focused on Iowa and Purdue as his Top two and a decision could be coming soon.

Jacquille Veii realized a dream in June when he committed to home-state Maryland. Then the Terrapins turned their backs on the local kid.

The 2013 athlete de-committed from them last month at the school's request. Maryland told him they were concerned about his grades.

"It's been stressful," the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder said. "I've definitely learned to take a lot of things into consideration. I've learned to take my time now. This is a big decision. I need to make sure I look at everything because it's a four-year commitment and possibly where you're going to spend the rest of your life."

Veii petition the NCAA so two courses he had taken would be added to his core. He received a waiver for one class and was in the process of hearing about he second. The Terrapins decided not to wait.

"They didn't think it would be resolved," Veii said. "They asked me to de-commit. I did. Now that it's being resolved, I haven't heard from them. They're out of the picture."

A pair of Big Ten schools are in the picture.

"I have a Top Two," Veii said. "I'm deciding between Iowa and Purdue. Iowa is my leader right now."

Veii said he'd like to officially visit the two schools in January. A commitment could come before then, however.

"I have two plans," Veii said. "If everything goes according to God's plan, I will deciding at the Crab Bowl on the 21st of December. If things don't go that way, then I'll be deciding on signing day (February)."

The Hawkeyes have 16 known verbal commitments in '13. The total likely will be around 20.

"Right now, since I'm a top target for Iowa, there hasn't been any talk of scholarships closing down," Veii said. "There hasn't been any pressure. That's been beneficial."

Purdue fired head coach Danny Hope after the season. His assistants have been preparing the Boilermakers for a bowl but it's uncertain if they will be retained beyond that by Darrell Hazell, Hope's replacement.

That uncertainty could impact Purdue's 13 verbal commitments. It's also leaving potential targets in the dark.

"I'm supposed to be finding out (soon) if Coach Hope's assistant are going to be retained," Veii.

Veii maintained contact with Iowa Assistant Darrell Wilson once he began questioning Maryland's commitment to him.

"Coach Wilson is a really great coach and I really liked their program," Veii said. "I didn't want to burn any bridges there with them."


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