Dalton Demos, a 6'-5" 185 pound quarterback from St. Louis's Christian Brothers College High School, ventured to Illinois on Saturday to watch the Illini as they defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Demos made it clear right away that he was impressed with what he saw.
"This is a great facility. I'm really excited to come out here on game day and see how everything goes down. I'm really impressed. I like what I see."
The visit was much anticipated by Demos after being in contact with Illinois coaches for quite some time.
"I talked to Coach DeAndre Smith, who recruits my area. I also talked to Coach (Jeff) Brohm, the quarterback coach. I talk to them at least once a week, and it's been about twice a week since the season started."
Though he doesn't refer to himself as a dual-threat quarterback, Demos possesses the athleticism to make plays with his feet as well as his arm.
"I'm a pro-style quarterback. I'm pretty athletic, so I can get loose out of the pocket and run if I need to. I'm a very intense player. I feel like I can throw pretty far, and I can also make the 30 yard on-a-line zip ball. I'm happy with my arm strength."
Demos has the frame to add more weight, and he knows as well as anybody that he will need to bulk up to play at the collegiate level.
"Physically, I need to put some weight on. I want to get my running ability up a little more and be a little more versatile quarterback."
Football is the only sport Demos plays right now, but he could add another this spring.
"I'm thinking about running track this year. I run a 4.58 (40 yard dash)."
Illinois hasn't offered Demos yet. But if he continues to play at the level he is now, an offer could potentially be in his near future. If that happens, Demos claims that a commitment would be almost imminent.
"Illinois and Vanderbilt are my two main schools. I'm really hoping Illinois offers me. If they do, I'll be here in a second. I'm liking Illinois right now a lot."
Demos is well aware of the depth at quarterback right now at Illinois. He hails from the same state as two of the current Illinois quarterbacks.
Demos was busy this summer traveling all over the country and attending various camps. He feels like some of his best days came when it mattered most.
"I went to over 14 camps. Ole Miss and Illinois were two of my better camps. I had a good camp at Vanderbilt and a good camp at Mizzou. I had a pretty good day at Arkansas."
Now that he's getting around on visits this fall, Demos will get a chance to see the campuses more in-depth. Even the small details matter.
"Facility is one thing. I want to play somewhere nice, and Illinois has a great facility. The quarterback coach is another. I want to have a guy that I get along with. Coach Brohm is a great guy. Something even as miniscule as who they're sponsored by."
In the meantime, Demos leads his undefeated CBC team forward into a match this Friday in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. They hope to carry on the momentum from their two big wins to start the season.
"Right now we're 2-0. We came off a 64-0 victory in our last game. I only had 5 passing attempts and a touchdown since it was kind of a blowout. The week before, we played Fort Zumwalt West, who was number one in the area, and we beat them 52-49. I had 324 yards, 3 touchdowns and no picks. It was back and forth scoring all along."
"I'm very happy with how we're looking right now. State's a big goal for us right now, and that's what we're going for."