Bolingbrook Lineman Visits Illinois

Tough, hard-nosed linemen give any offensive front a huge boost. One recent visitor to Illinois fits that mold and talks about his experience on the Illinois campus.

Robert Bain is a 6'-3", 275 pound offensive lineman from Bolingbrook High School. He recently checked out Illinois for a Junior Day and had a great time.

"It was good. Got to see the facilities and talk with all the coaches. I really like all the coaches. I like Coach (Joe) Gilbert a lot."

He has lofty expectations for his senior year of high school football.

"Hopefully we get back and get a state championship. We need to challenge the team. We have a lot of players that can do some damage, so I feel like this could be the year."

Bain says that their biggest obstacle will be a team that features numerous playmakers, including Illinois target J.J. Robertson.

"Lincoln-Way East is always tough. That's a big game every year."

Right now Bain has collected offers from FCS schools, but some bigger schools are beginning to turn up the heat.

"I have offers from Colorado State, Ball State, Westerm Kentucky, Buffalo, and Bowling Green. I also have a lot of interest from Big Ten schools."

Which Big Ten schools in particular?

"Indiana, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa. Out of the Big Ten, those have the most interest."

Bain's size makes him ideal for either guard or center. However he hasn't ruled out the idea of playing on the other side of the ball.

"Most likely I'll play center, but I can play guard too. I might even be able to play on the defensive side and play a little d-tackle."

Bain wants what a lot of recruits want in a college, a place to call home for four to five years.

"I want to have a good program, good academics. Just somewhere I can see myself fitting in with a good atmosphere. Somewhere I can fit for a few years."

It's still early, but Bain may be a guy to keep an eye on as Illinois coaches form their 2012 recruiting class.

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