In July, Eldridge made his move and became a mid-major priority after a stellar performance at the adidas Superstar Camp.
"This summer was my first time ever going to camp and my second summer of playing AAU," Eldridge said. "I came onto the scene late and I can live with what they rank me as. I just came in my second year and played my heart out. I can live with that. I'm in nice position."
He's in a great position. Illinois State is rebuilding and Porter Moser is attempting to stockpile talent. Eldridge's commitment goes a long way.
"I think I have a chance of being a great mid-major player. You think I'm a great mid-major guy and I think so too. I wanted to go to a school where I knew I would a chance of playing at and somewhere that I could get better as a guard. I think Illinois State can help me make it come true if I just work hard."
Eldridge visited Bradley and Illinois State, both unofficially. After the visit to the Redbirds he just had a feeling.
"Out of all the coaches and the schools that visited me and came to the school and came to my house … when they came in they were the best guys I could see myself with. I could just feel like I could talk to them about anything. They made me feel real good."