Wes Lunt Enjoys Illini Spring Game

The Fighting Illini Spring Game always attracts a large number of high school prospects, and this year was no exception. Among those in attendance was Rochester quarterback Wes Lunt. He describes his visit and his recruitment.

Wes Lunt has visited Illinois previously, but he continues to see and learn more with each visit. He attended the Spring Game Saturday and had a favorable impression.

"It was a great day. I saw a lot of things, and I really like the offense. I met Coach (Ron) Zook and talked to him; he's a really nice guy. I had a good day."

The Rochester product was busy before the game as well.

"I talked to Coach (Vic) Koenning, my recruiting coach. They gave me an academic presentation, and then we had lunch before the game."

Illini coaches keep their offense and defense simplistic for the Spring Game to prevent opponents getting a clear scouting report on the current team. Lunt understands.

"They can't show much of the offense in the Spring Game, that's part of it. I like what I saw."

Despite that limitation, Lunt saw an opening for a top signal caller as there are presently only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

"Yeah, I know. That's something they're trying to work on, getting (Reilly) O'Toole and then trying to get a kid in my class that runs a pro-style offense."

It appears one of the competitors for his services is Boston College. He visited there recently.

"It was really cool. I went out there a little bit for a camp, but I didn't get to see much of it. My mom wanted to see what it is all about. All the schools are so nice, but it's so different in a big city and being far away. It was a good trip."

Has he been making any other visits recently?

"There have been no other trips. I've just been working out and working with my team. It's a rebuilding year for us, so we're trying to get better."

Many seniors from Rochester's state championship team graduated, leaving Lunt to lead a younger squad. Does he feel any extra pressure?

"I don't want to think it does, but it might. We're just all trying to do our part and step up this year."

He is seeking continued improvement as he works out in preparation for his senior year.

"It's going good. Coach (Derek) Leonard and I get together a lot, and we work on footwork and all. I'm just trying to be the best quarterback I can be."

Numerous college coaches will visit Lunt's school during the May evaluation period. He wants to see what happens with those visits.

"I haven't narrowed it down. I know a lot of schools are going to watch me throw in the month of May. So after that I'll start narrowing it down a little. There might be some new schools I've never even thought of come in and see me throw, and I might like them."

Lunt, who will play with his high school team in the Illini 7 on 7 summer camp, hopes to finalize his decision before school starts up in the fall.

"I'd definitely like to make my decision this summer. I don't know when exactly, but just before my senior season."


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