"It was a chance to see the campus. I haven't been here; it's my first time."
Illini coaches took him for a tour of the campus prior to the evening camp. He came away impressed.
"Illinois is a great school. They're in my top three. I love the facilities. The coaches showed me a lot of stuff. It was nice. I have a great relationship with Coach (Alex) Golesh."
The Hilliard, Ohio, product will not be easy to recruit despite his Illini attraction. His other top schools are recruiting him heavily.
"I also like Michigan and Ohio State."
The 6'-0", 188 pounder expands on his top three.
"They're all big schools, they're in the Big 10. Me being from Ohio and Columbus, Ohio State is one of my top schools. Like Ohio State, Michigan is big, and they're showing me a lot of recognition. I like them."
Illinois is selling recruits on the idea of helping build a championship program. Day was asked whether he prefers that or a program that is already powerful. He recognized the obvious contrast and was hesitant at first to respond.
"I'd probably prefer a program that is already established."
Day is being recruited as a defensive back, but he has receiver skills as well.
"I play both ways. On offense, I'm pretty good with my hands, and I feel I run pretty good routes too. For defense, I feel I know where I am on the field and how to apply my body to the receiver. I can always work on my quickness and lateral movement."
Day has an idea what he wants in his final college choice.
"I want to feel comfortable in how they treat me, how they treat the recruits and players. I'm looking for a football school that takes things serious. Where I feel most comfortable, like a second home."
The Illini are bucking the odds in Day's recruitment. But they put their best foot forward Friday. It will be interesting to see if he helps turn the recruitment to their favor.