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Illini decommit planning three more visits

12/28/2011

Three-star Middletown (Ohio) cornerback Cody Quinn has decommitted from Illinois and will be taking at least three visits in January.

“I decommitted from Illinois because of the coaching change,” said Quinn said, regarding Illinois firing Ron Zook in November and hiring Tim Beckman in early December. “I wanted to decommit and take a look at some other schools that were still pursuing me.”

Quinn said his relationships with the previous coaching staff at Illinois was what sold him on the program when he committed back in June.

However, he isn’t ruling the Illini out completely and is set to visit on Jan. 20. Quinn is familiar with Beckman and new Illini recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh from when they were at Toledo.

“They offered but they saw I wasn’t interested in the MAC so they left me alone,” Quinn said of Beckman and his staff while at Toledo. “Now that they’re at Illinois I’ve been talking to coach Beckman a lot. He’s been calling a lot and [Golesh] came to my house, and he really sold me on coach Beckman and what he does and how he changed Toledo around.”

Quinn’s next visit is to Marshall on Jan. 6. He has yet to visit Marshall yet but his friend and former teammate D.J. Hunter is a freshman safety on the Herd.

“I talk to him all the time, and he said they’re building the program and getting ready to turn it around,” Quinn said of conversations with Hunter.

“At first I wasn’t considering them because it’s a small school, but once I got to know the defensive backs coach [Mike Cassity] he was a real cool guy. I’ve talked with Doc Holliday quite a few times, too.”

Quinn said he is “wide open” but raved about Kentucky, which is turning the heat on Quinn. Coach Joker Phillips is handling Quinn’s recruitment for the Wildcats.

“I like UK a lot for real,” Quinn said. “They had offered before my senior year but then they kind of fell off after I committed. It picked back up once they found I decommitted.

“… I’ve been talking a lot to Joker Phillips. He told me they can really use me and loves my speed.”

It will be Quinn’s second visit to Kentucky after he made it across the border to Lexington in April for the Wildcats’ spring game. Quinn had a chance to meet the coaches and said the players were friendly.

“I could see myself being around there for four years,” Quinn said.

Quinn’s first official visit went to West Virginia on Dec. 9. It being only his first visit, Quinn said he has nothing to compare it to but that he enjoyed his weekend in Morgantown.