George Morris is a three-star running back from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He made it to campus in time to take in the final Camp Rantoul scrimmage Saturday.
"We put in late, around 11:00 pm Friday night. We drove from Atlanta."
While his visit was still in the beginning stages at the time of the interview, his first impression was good.
"I like it a lot. So far, it's been pretty good. Everyone is telling me good things, how they run things up here, what they like to do. How I can fit in."
Morris leaves no doubt he is considering Illinois strongly.
"Illinois is showing me a lot of love. They're at the top. They say I can be a big part of the team, helping out at receiver, running back or whatever they need."
What other schools are in the mix?
"I'm also considering FIU and Syracuse. There are some others as well like Memphis, Indiana, teams like that."
Whomever gets the 6'-1", 200 pounder will be getting a versatile back with 4.45 speed who can play multiple positions. His junior statistics at Central Gwinnett High School demonstrate he's a multiple threat weapon.
"I had 140 carries for 706 rushing yards, and I caught 56 passes for 658 receiving yards. I had 13 total touchdowns. We are a spread team, so it opens up a lot of things for me inside running-wise, and then outside catching the ball as a receiver."
Morris is the consummate team player. He will do whatever is asked of him.
"I can pretty much do anything. If they need me to run up the middle, or getting tosses on the sweep or the option, it's whatever I can do for the team. I can line up on the outside as a receiver and go downfield catching the ball."
UI assistant coach Ron West is Morris's primary recruiter. The two already have a close relationship. Morris has no family or friends in Illinois, but his assistant coach R.J. Luke has family in Danville. Luke accompanied him on the visit.
Morris is looking for several things on his visit.
"I'm looking at the type of relationship with the coaching staff, that connection, that home away from home. Academics, chemistry, stuff like that. I'm looking to build that bond with the team."
Once he returns to the Atlanta suburbs, Morris rejoins a team he feels can compare favorably in an extremely athletic and competitive area this year.
"I expect us to make a deep playoff run. With the returning talent we have, if we can put it together and everybody does their part, I think we can make some noise in the region."
While it hasn't happened at the time of this writing, Morris may be close to making a commitment to Illinois.
"Depending on how it goes today, if I get a good feel about it, it might be the end of the day."