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Spencer reacts to Zooks dismissal

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Mason, Ohio three-star offensive guard Joseph Spencer is one of the longest-standing commitments on Illinois list for 2012. On Sunday, the 6-4, 270-pound Spencer reacted to the Illini dismissing Ron Zook as head coach.
"I definitely still really like the school and playing in the Big Ten and the opportunities with that," Spencer said. "Then, the opportunities with the school and academics won't change, so right now I am going to wait, see who the new coaching staff is and get a feel for them."
Spencer is expecting a visit from Illinois assistant Jeff Brohm on Tuesday, and is hoping to find out more about the situation then.
An official visit to Illinois was scheduled to be taken the weekend of Dec. 10 to Champaign, but Spencer now expects to hold that visit until the new coaching staff is named. He has not been in discussions with any other schools about taking visits.
"Through the fall we haven't really heard anything since I've been pretty strongly committed," Spencer said. "I will go in, sit down with my head coach tomorrow and see where it goes from there. I'm just taking it day by day and seeing who they hire."
Spencer is ranked as the nation's No. 23 offensive guard prospect. He picked up first team all-conference honors shortly after his senior season concluded earlier this fall.
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