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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Three-star Spearman sets decision date

By Jared Shanker

Three-star Chicago Simeon linebacker Reggie Spearman will not be making a signing-day decision.

He will make it Feb. 5, one day earlier.

Spearman, the No. 52 outside linebacker nationally, will choose from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Syracuse. Spearman said he will officially visit the Orange this coming weekend after they offered him early last week.

The 6-foot-1, 218-pound Spearman took an unofficial visit to Iowa this past weekend. He officially visited the Hawkeyes in November, so this latest visit came on his own dime and at the expense of some of the other programs he was considering that had not received an official visit. For a second time, Spearman came away thoroughly impressed with Iowa.

“It was fun,” he said. "Got a lot of questions answered so it was good.”

Spearman committed to Illinois in August, but it seems rather clear he is no longer an Illini pledge. Asked if he considers himself a commitment, Spearman was noncommittal. The signs point to Spearman landing elsewhere come Feb. 5.