Receiver Elliot Faerber was the first 2012 prospect to commit to Illinois this spring. He and his family made the trip from Kansas to watch the Illini's first scrimmage of fall practice. He spoke about his brief opportunity to check things out before rain and lightning cut short the scrimmage.
"We got a tour of camp. We saw the weight room and locker room, and we got to meet a few new guys. We're going back tomorrow."
The wide receiver prospect, who looks taller than his listed 6'-4", had a special interest in watching the Illinois passing game.
"I'm just looking to see the team. I'm not judging it at all. I know they like to throw the ball a lot. I like that. I just want to see their passing game, their schemes and stuff."
Some look at the broad shouldered young man and imagine him gaining weight and becoming a tight end. He's willing, but he doubts the scenario.
"If the coach wanted to put me there I would. But I'm a pretty lean dude. I have to work hard to keep on 210."
Actually, he UI staff likes tall receivers with good leaping ability and long arms to go over the top of defensive backs to complete passes. Faerber appears to be ideal in that role.
"I can do that."
Faerber had a productive summer.
"It went really good. I was focusing on a lot of stuff, like blocking and some agility stuff."
He was fortunate to be invited to participate in a large 7 on 7 tournament by Baron Flenory, who used to work for Scout and now runs 7 on 7 tournaments throughout the country.
"I did a tournament down at Dallas for a national team. Baron contacted me via facebook. And then we got in touch, and it went from there.
"We had a pretty good team. We did pretty good down in Dallas, but it wasn't as good as we wanted to."
Flenory brags about Faerber, describing him as a great get for the Illini. He is not highly ranked, but Flenory says he is much better than his ranking.
"I guess coming from him, I'll let him say it. Being under the radar is fine with me. If he knows it, I don't have to prove it to anyone else."
Faerber also spent time working out with his Shawnee Mission East team this summer. He expects good things this fall.
"We have a good team shaping up this year. I know we're probably gonna win a lot of games. I'm looking to take my game to the next level."
Illini fans can rest easily. Faerber has no plans to reconsider his commitment.
"I'm totally done."