"Yeah, I've been to Illinois 10 times probably," he said. "I just love it every time. They're definitely in the top discussion."
Tim Beckman and Company have made certain Megginson understands he's a top priority. The Illini offered last June and have stayed in constant contact ever since. When asked which Illini coach played the lead in communication, Megginson couldn't single anybody out.
"They all really recruit me a lot," he said.
There's no doubting the group effort. It was defensive line coach Greg Colby who initially pitched the idea of Megginson's mid-week visit. He sat next to offensive coordinator Bill Cubit for the majority of the game, with wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy doing his part from his perch an aisle up.
Beckman, tight ends coach Alex Golesh, o-line coach AJ Ricker and linebacker coaches Mike Ward and Al Seamonson were within sight, too.
"The whole staff, it's great just the way that they recruit," Megginson said. "You can just talk to them as people. It's not always about football. It's great to have that kind of relationship."
"I text a bunch of other in-state recruits," Megginson said. "It's good. We always talk about what we could do here (at Illinois) and what everybody is feeling."
Megginson turned into one of the hottest names in the country following national signing day earlier this month. With the 2014 class finalized, new schools stepped forward seemingly every day to offer the 6-5, 290-pound standout.
While still keeping an open mind, Megginson says he's already started narrowing things down a bit.
"Yeah, I kind of stopped calling every single coach that's offered me or contacted," he said. "Just calling the ones that I really like."
Next up, Megginson plans to visit Nebraska next week and Ohio State, Penn State and NC State during his spring break. It's still early, but he's zeroing in on what's going to make or break each team in the running.
"The relationship. I mean, if I have a good relationship I'll always call them," he said. "There's nothing really narrowed down now, but I'm starting to look at some schools more than others."