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Charlie Tilson picks Cards over Illinois

Updated: August 15, 2011, 9:46 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Former New Trier centerfielder Charlie Tilson agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday and subsequently will not play for the University of Illinois.

Tilson signed with the Cardinals for $1.275 million after being selected by the Cardinals as the 79th overall pick in the MLB draft in June. Monday marked the final day draft picks could sign with their respective teams.

"It was a long process," Tilson said. "I felt the situation was right for me. It was an opportunity ...

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