Tyler Marcordes attended the Illinois summer camp, and he quickly made a positive impression. He was tried at linebacker, tight end and fullback during the camp and demonstrated potential at all three.
Illini coaches asked him to be patient, that they wanted to evaluate some of his high school games before deciding whether to offer him a scholarship. That has now happened, but not until after Marcordes committed to Furman. He explains his reasoning.
"Mostly the high academics, and they also play in a good conference."
At what position does Furman wish to play him?
"They had me at tight end and H-back."
Marcordes confirmed the recent Illinois scholarship offer.
"Yes they have. I think it's exciting, but it will take a lot to take me away from Furman. I'm gonna take some time to think about it. They are looking at me at a linebacker position."
Does he have a position preference?
"I really don't. I just want to get on the field and play as soon as I can."
The 6'-3.5", 230 pounder, who ran a 4.65 forty yard dash at the UI summer camp, was asked if he can be persuaded to alter his college allegiance to Illinois.
"I'm not really sure right now. We have a good thing going at West right now. But I'm keeping it open. I will take an official visit."
Marcordes plays quarterback and safety for Normal West. He and the team are doing well this year.
"We are 6-2 right now with one game left in the regular season. I'm doing pretty well. I have about 850 yards on the season rushing right now. We do pass a little bit, but I'm not sure about the yards. We do mostly running."
He wants a quality education, but he is undecided on a major. Most observers assume he will eventually end up at Illinois, but that is far from certain at this point. What is certain is he's the kind of player who may have more college potential than many realize.