URBANA, Ill. - Brandon Ngai was the type of guy Illinois men's gymnastics coach Justin Spring was hoping to find while recruiting.
"We needed a [pommel] horse guy," Spring said. "He says he's into aerospace engineering. I came in as an aerospace engineer, and my dad was an astronaut. There was an immediate connection with this kid. We started talking on the phone, a really good conversation."
Everything was good until Ngai told Spring he was only 15 years old.