Illinois subject of fantastic commitment

May, 3, 2012
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Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin is a four-year senior seeking a one-year stay at a new college under the guise of the NCAA's graduate transfer exemption. McLaurin chose to transfer to Illinois.

This news is entirely mundane. Sure, it's nice that new Illinois coach John Groce got a capable forward from a decent mid-major program to help out in his first season on the job, but let's be real: This is not the kind of news that gets anyone, even Illinois fans, out of bed in the morning.

So why am I writing about this? Because McLaurin announced his decision in perhaps the single greatest way possible: On Twitter, profanely, at 2:20 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers has the story:
McLaurin tweeted in the early morning hours of Thursday: "F--- it im going to Illinois #illinination"

He tweeted at about 1:15 p.m. ET: "Hey everyone sorry about my language last night. I was just extremely excited to be apart of #illinination"

That may not be the single greatest tweet of all time -- I'm still partial to the very first tweet, "inviting coworkers," made by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey in March 2006 -- but it's up there. It is, far as I can remember, the single greatest college commitment-related tweet in modern human history. Who knows what led McLaurin to throw caution to the wind and announce in that manner, but I'm glad he did.

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