Marcus Davis attends American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida, as did his cousin Darius Millines, a current junior on the Illinois football team. Davis says Millines has provided plenty of details about the school recruiting him.
"We talk a lot about Illinois."
While listed at cornerback in his Scout profile, the Illini see him fitting their offense.
"They're recruiting me as a slot receiver. I think it's a good opportunity to play ball in the Big 10."
The Illini have competition for Davis's services. Several quality programs have offered scholarships.
"West Virginia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Purdue and Illinois. There have been many more, but those are the schools I'm still in touch with. I play cornerback and slot receiver. I'm being recruited like 50-50, half want me at cornerback and half at receiver. So I'm being recruited as an athlete."
The 5'-9", 170 pounder describes his attributes as a receiver.
"I like getting the ball. I can turn little plays into something big. I'm quick on both sides of the ball. I describe myself as a playmaker in the open field. If I get a crease, I can make something happen."
He feels he is equally competent on defense.
"I think I'm really physical. I play with a lot of confidence on defense. I have real good speed and hips."
Davis wants a school where he feels comfortable and fits in well.
"I'm looking for the atmosphere around it, what type of city it's in. I want a good school, and a team that competes and works hard."
Does he prefer a big city or smaller town?
"To me, it doesn't really matter. I'd just like to get up there and check out the environment. So I don't think it matters if it's big or small, it's just what fits me."
Will he try to visit Illinois in the near future?
"I don't think I'll make it up this summer, but I definitely want to get up there on an official visit. I'll try to get up there during the season to catch one of their games."
Is Davis willing to leave Florida for his college education?
"That won't be a problem."
It appears the Illini are in a strong position for his services.
"To be honest, yeah, I think they have a chance. I've just been focusing on the season. I haven't been focusing on recruiting real heavy."
Given the strength of the American Heritage program, it is no wonder Davis has emphasized fall preparations.
"We're looking pretty good. I just received news we were ranked #23 in the nation. I was pretty excited about that.
"We have a lot of players back from last year. We return me, our running back, a couple of o-linemen, and our defense is just amazing to me. I think our defense will give us the toughest time throughout the whole season."