Robert Bain, often known as Robbie Bain, shared a simple message.
"I just committed to Coach (Paul) Petrino."
Bain, whose Bolingbrook team is approaching a state semifinal game against Naperville Central Saturday, is glad to have the process out of the way.
"The recruitment process has been long, but I've been talking with my family and thinking about it for awhile. It's nice knowing where I'm going and focusing on my senior year."
Bain broke the news late Wednesday evening to Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who was excited to find that his hard work recruiting Bain had paid off.
"He was pretty excited. He's been recruiting me for awhile. So he was pretty excited when I broke the news."
Once Bain got the Illinois offer, it was just a matter of time before he made his pledge.
"I got the offer about a month ago. I mean, I've always been talking to Illinois, and they were just waiting on my senior tape. When I got that out they offered.
"Ever since I got the offer I've been interested, and talking with my family, I just felt the time was right. It lets me get it out of the way and focus on senior year. I'm confident that Illinois is the right school."
He talked about a few of the reasons he chose Illinois over offers from Florida International, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Colorado State, and Western Michigan.
"First of all, it's a good academic school. I like the program, and it's been a pretty good year. It's an in-state school. I like the coaches, and I had a good experience when I visited there. I'm not really sure what I want to go into yet, but I know they have a really good engineering program."
A strong and athletic interior lineman, Bain sees an opportunity to make an early impact for the Illini.
"I see myself fitting in pretty well. I'm going to try to make an immediate impact and do what I can to benefit the team."
Now that his decision is out of the way, Bain can move on to other things, like his team's playoff run.
"It's been really exciting. We haven't made it this far in awhile. It's been a good team atmosphere this year, and we hope to keep it up. It would be pretty amazing to get to Champaign and play on my future field. Hopefully that happens."
A stellar junior teammate of his, Aaron Bailey, is very interested in Illinois, and Bain is ready to go to work as a recruiter now.
"I know Aaron's always been interested in Illinois. He and I have a good relationship, and we've talked about it. It's his decision, and I want him to do what's best for him, but I'll try to do what I can. I think he'd be real good for Illinois."
Aside from Bailey, Bain will do what he can to help his class out and get talent to Illinois.
"I'll probably start looking into other guys pretty soon to see who I can talk to."