It was talented 2015 quarterback Jack Beneveti, (Benet Academy) and he was attached to offensive coordinator Bill Cubit's hip as the Illini prepared for Miami of Ohio.
"That's awesome. It's great to be out there on the field and look around and see how it would be playing out there," Beneventi said. "Also we were able to talk to a lot of players. Being a Chicago kid, we know a lot of the players."
Visiting Champaign for a second game this season, Beneventi watched as Cubit and his offense piled up 50 points and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase passed for five touchdowns. Cubit, quite possibly the most popular man not named John Groce these days in Champaign, is the lead guy in Beneventi's recruitment.
"We've developed such a great relationship," Beneventi said. "We're always in contact and this offense that I'm watching, what they're doing is tremendous. Watching them throw and the passing efficiency is awesome. Also I know it's very flexible on the quarterbacks, calling the plays and he's going to teach you the defense. He's preparing you for when you have to make the shots yourself. You have to read the defenses and a lot of it is on you."
When Beneventi first visited Illinois, for the Cincinnati victory in early September, talented 2015 wideout Miles Boykin was there, too. When both decided to take the two-hour trip last weekend, they decided to go together. Beneventi picked Miles up from his home Saturday morning. Playing together in college isn't a certain, but it is an interesting idea.
"Miles is a great player. I've known him for a while," Beneventi said. "It's big for me to get these relationships going with guys that are close to me. I have to commit early being a quarterback before my senior year, so for me I want to make a special effort on recruiting kids I know there are outstanding players like him that will make a change in the program."
Beneventi says the plan is to make a commitment between February and June. It may seem like an early decision – that's because it intentionally is. Quarterbacks generally decide sooner than recruits at other positions because colleges typically take only one per class.
"It's very quick, so a lot of it is just the feel for it," he said. "I'm just trying to take as many visits as possible. I'm talking to all the coaches. Illinois has done a tremendous job keeping in touch every week. That's been huge for me, especially with my process ending soon. I have to make a decision with what will best fit me. A lot of it is just meeting with the coaches and being comfortable with the spot."
"I love all these schools that are recruiting me," he said. "It's going to be a very tough decision. I know with the time I have I'll be able to make the best decision."