Being that first offer meant a lot to Rugamba. Not only was it a huge weight off of his shoulders, it made a big impression on him for the Illini to be the first to take that step.
"The first contact I had with Illinois before the offer was maybe the week before the offer when they came to my school," he said. "It definitely gives Illinois a relationship that no other school can fill."
And being just down the road in Champaign doesn't hurt Illinois' cause either.
"Being close to home and family is always a big factor," Rugamba said.
Illinois coaches are hoping Rugamba stays "home" for college like many of his other fellow in-state recruits.
"They're building up the program," he said. "I love how they are trying to get every in-state recruit they can and build a family for the future."
"I'm hoping to get to Iowa State, Michigan State, and I'll be at Ohio State this weekend," he said.
Still just a sophomore, Rugamba already knows what will really matter to him when evaluating programs and universities.
First thing would be academics," he said. "The wide receiver coach is a bit thing for me. I want to feel comfortable around the coaches and get along with them. Those are my top two things, academics and the receiver coaching."