Enoch Smith, Jr., had several reasons to visit Illinois. He wanted to watch the Illini practice, in particular his former teammate and good friend Vontrell Williams, now a freshman at the UI. He also has a sister living in the area.
"We've been here since yesterday. We visited my sister. I'm here to watch the whole team, including Vontrell."
The 6'-2", 255 pounder was impressed with the practice.
"I like how everything is organized. I like how they move from one spot to another at a decent pace. And how they take control of everything."
Smith, Jr., reiterated his strong interest in the Illini, which he first shared this summer at a UI camp.
"Oh yeah, most definitely. Illinois is a school to consider amongst everybody. How they carry themselves on and off the field, and especially academically.
"They have one of the best Engineering programs in the nation. I want to major in either Mechanical Engineering or Computer Engineering, so they will be highly considered."
He attracted a number of scholarship offers this summer.
"I've been to a lot of camps and campuses, and I'm enjoying the summer. I picked up offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Toledo."
Chicago Mt. Carmel figures to be one of the best high school teams in Illinois this fall.
"We started our double sessions Wednesday at 7 o'clock in the morning. We look to take control of the state of Illinois."
This won't be his only visit to Champaign-Urbana.
"I believe I'm going to try to make it to the first game with Western Michigan, and I believe two or three more games after that."
There's a long way to go in the recruiting process, but the Illini have positioned themselves well with this future star.