Megginson Gets More Good News

Illinois offered a 2015 in-state offensive lineman Friday.

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois coach Tim Beckman met Gabe Megginson before he could get off the practice field Friday in the Illini's indoor training facility.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Megginson, a 2015 offensive lineman recruit from Jacksonville, Ill., had just finished work at the Illinois 7-on-7/Big Man Camp.

Beckman and Illinois offensive line coach A.J. Ricker apparently liked what they saw out of Megginson, so much that Beckman offered him a scholarship.

"It feels very good, very good to have the home state school give me that offer," Megginson said shortly after speaking with Beckman.

The Illini offer is Megginson's third, joining Akron and Wisconsin as schools that have stepped forward early. After picking up the Wisconsin offer after working out in Madison last week, Megginson admits he entered Friday with the goal of picking up an offer from Illinois.

But he wasn't sure if he would get it or not.

"It's kind of nerve-wracking, but you also know if you do well then good things will happen," he said. "I thought I had a chance. I just knew if I did my best, it would be a good shot."

Despite his slight worry, Megginson shined during drills and one-on-one work. He stood out in a group of linemen that was one of the most talented units at the camp.

Beckman gave Megginson the whole pitch during their conversation, speaking about the need for in-state recruits to pick the Illini, the school's academic prestige and more.

And he told Megginson specifically why he offered him.

"He said he just liked how I moved, how I went through the drills, how I finish," Megginson said.

It's been quite a month for the rising junior. He now has offers from two Big Ten schools. Who knows what's next, but Megginson says he'll remain grounded and see where his recruitment goes from here.

"I can't believe it," he said. "I didn't think I'd be the kid who got that opportunity. I didn't think I really worked the camp circuit that well, but I competed. I started to compete. I'm just going to keep it rolling I guess. I'm not really sure. It's a young stage still for me."

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