"I never thought that I would be getting a Big Ten offer," he admitted. "When I got it yesterday, it seemed unreal and still seems unreal, and on my drive home, I didn't believe it. It's just a great feeling and we're all pretty excited. It's just indescribable how crazy it is. None of us can believe it."
Chadwell says the Illini had told him to expect an offer once he made it to campus, but he did not want to jump the gun on reporting it until it was official.
"We got to watch them practice and when I talked to Coach Butkus in person, he said, yeah it was official. The visit was good. It wasn't that bad of a drive. It was about six hours. We got there the night before and stayed in the hotel. It was a good trip overall. The junior day was fun. I got to hang out with [Coach Butkus] and Coach Beckman. We got to watch practice and Coach Butkus is pretty intense and the way they run practice looks like it'd be fun to play for them."
Chadwell's other offers come from Kent State, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan. He says no other visits are planned right now, but this weekend's developments have caused him to begin thinking about a decision timetable.
"Now that I have a Big Ten offer, I figured that it's not going to be that long until I commit. Hopefully in the summer before football season starts, I'll be able to commit. For me, it's still too early. I still want to get to know every coach and every program that's offered, but it won't be too long."