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Lile names final three, sets decision date

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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. - Detroit Cass Tech athlete Ruben Lile considered making his college selection at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Media Day near Detroit on Friday, but in the end the 6-3, 200-pound Lile opted to reveal his final three and announce at a later date.
Lile has accumulated 13 total scholarship offers to date, but he announced on Friday that his top group consisted of Iowa, Wisconsin and Toledo.
"I came to this conclusion in late July. This is my final three," Lile said. "The final decision is definitely going to be after the first game… after the clock reads 0:00."
Cass Tech has a huge showdown with defending Division 2 state champs Farmington Hills Harrison in their first game on Aug. 27. Besides being the season opener and the day he announces his college destination, Lile views that day as a big opportunity for what he plans to prove.
"The first game I know there are going to be a lot of scouts there and I plan on having a real big ball game," Lile said. "That game is going to show all the schools who didn't offer me when they should have offered me why they should have offered me."
Playing alongside Lile in that season opener will be Cass Tech linebacker Laron Taylor who used Friday's media day to announce he will attend one of the schools in Lile's final three - Iowa.
"With Laron going there, that's pretty big. He's really trying to force me to go there," Lile said. "I love the school already because the fans love me and I see a lot of support from them."
Lile also talked about the other two schools in his final group and his level of contact with them in the recent months.
"Toledo are always one me and constantly send me mail and send me Facebook messages," Lile said. "Wisconsin keeps in touch with me sometimes. They send me a lot of mail. I don't have a lot of communication with the coaches outside that, but I still see that they want me."
Lile is ranked as the No. 33 athlete prospect in the country and the No. 10 player in the state of Michigan. He could project to wide receiver on offense or safety on defense in college.
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