Illini offensive coordinator Bill Cubit had a front row seat to watch the likes of Jimmy Fitzgerald, Gabe Green, Reese Ryan, all in the 2015 class, joined by current starter Nathan Scheelhaase and verbal commit Chayce Crouch.
The drills were of the upmost importance for Green, a rising junior signal caller from Sacred Heart Griffin (Springfield, Ill.), the lone member of the aforementioned group without an offer from Illinois.
At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Green showed no signs of stress despite the added weight of performing in front of someone that matters so much.
"I'm just thinking about winning and getting better with the team," Green said. "My main focus is on the season and just winning state. I don't really think about recruiting that much."
There's a lot to like about the kid. He comes from a winning program, earned the starting job early and his father played outside linebacker at Arkansas.
Clearly interested, most of the college coaches Green hears from tell him a variation of the same thing.
"Just to be patient and to stay in contact with them," he said. "They say they're going to make their decision (about an offer) sometime. They're just telling me to get up to camps and stuff."
So that's what Green did this summer. He does hold another advantage in the form of passing to teammate Malik Turner. The three-star wideout committed to Illinois in early June and is considered one of the best at his position the state.
"He makes me look a lot better," Green said in modest fashion. "You can throw it anywhere around his body and he'll catch it. He'll get you more yards after the catch too, so it's great."
Many coaches began recruiting Turner first, but most ended up intrigued by Green after watching games or film. The interest took off from there, and now he's waiting to see how the offers shake out. In the meantime, he's steady working to better his game.
"Passing accuracy and getting a better spiral," he said of the areas he's working most to improve. "That's definitely mechanics, so improving that will bring better accuracy."
Better mechanics should lead to better throws, which will undoubtably help aid in the pursuit of a state title. If Sacred Heart wins it all, Green's taking the approach that the scholarship offer waiting game will take care of itself.