The Lancaster High School receiving corps proved one of the best in the state of Texas in the 2016 season with the likes of TCU four-star signee and No. 1 receiver in the state Omar Manning, Boise State three-star signee Cartrell Thomas, and 2017 playmaker LT Jessie, a trio who combined for 2,450 receiving yards and 30 touchdowns.
But 2018 prospect Dequavas Sneed made his own mark as the junior of the bunch. He caught 20 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to four carries for 49 yards and one TD as he helpd Lancaster go 12-2 with a Texas Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal appearance.
On Wednesday, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Sneed picked up his first offer, which came from Illinois.
"It kind of came out of the blue," Sneed said. "I just was working out and my coach told me to come out of the locker room. He was smiling at me and when he was smiling at me I was like, 'I wonder what's going on?'
"When I walked out, my coach shook my hand and told me I got the offer."
Illinois offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee recruits Sneed. The Illini have gotten fairly familiar with Lancaster in the past year. Illinois held a satellite camp at Lancaster High School in June 2016.
Sneed wants to find out more about Illinois.
"I don't know much about them yet, but hopefully I'll learn more and get to experience it," he said. "Yes, sir, I would like to take a visit."
How does Illinois want to use Sneed?
"Put me in the slot against bigger defenders so I can get open," Sneed said. "I'm already pretty good at running past people, making them miss, making big catches, using my athleticism. I'm working on my cuts and getting more elusiveness in my game."
"I would like to check out places like Baylor or Texas Tech, West Virginia, places like that," he said.
Lancaster produced Manning, Thomas, and three-star defensive end Noah Jones, who signed with Houston, in the Tigers' 2017 class. Along with Sneed, Lancaster boasts Oklahoma defensive back pledge Jordon Austin, FBS-offered quarterback Trevor Hatton, and big defensive tackle Brenden Lewis in the 2018 class.
LHS also has multiple 2020 prospects who have gotten Power Five offers in the past couple of weeks, even one 2021 prospect with a Big 12 offer.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Sneed's increasing recruitment and development.