Illinois First to Offer Instate Lineman

Junior Quinn Oseland picked up his first offer Tuesday.

Quinn Oseland received good news Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound junior offensive lineman from Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart Griffin) picked up his first college offer from the University of Illinois.

"My high school coach, Coach Ken Leonard, is the one who told me about it," Oseland said. "It was very exciting. I was happy to get my first offer."

It's not surprising the home-state Illini were the first to step forward. Oseland camped in Champaign last summer and appeared on the verge of receiving the offer then. The staff told him to keep working hard and if his junior season went well an offer would be extended.

Given Tuesday's phone call, Oseland's progression was approved.

Oseland says he likes Illinois offensive line coach A.J. Ricker and has studied Bill Cubit's offensive system.

"While I was there for a visit over the summer I was talking with an assistant coach and understood the basics of (the offense)," he said. "It is the spread and is exactly what we run (at Sacred Heart Griffin)."

Oseland has visited the Illinois campus numerous times, most recently in September.

"We have a pretty good relationship," he said of the staff. "I have been in contact with them a lot in the past two years and been around their campus a ton."

Illinois was the first. Oseland expects more offers to follow. He's hearing most from Northern Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Vanderbilt.

He plans to visit Iowa this weekend with his high school quarterback, junior Gabe Green.

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