Look Who's Back...

With offers pouring in seemingly everyday, four-star offensive tackle Gabe Megginson made yet another visit to Illinois on Wednesday.

CHAMPAIGN - New offers have poured in the past few weeks, but Gabe Megginson opted to visit familiar territory on Wednesday. The four-star 2015 offensive tackle from Jacksonville, Ill. took the short trip to see the home-state Illini basketball team defeat Nebraska.

While Big Ten foes Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State have officially entered the race, Illinois has positioned itself well for Megginson, regarded as the nation's No. 15 offensive tackle.

"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."

Fellow downstate tackle Quinn Oseland was also on hand Wednesday, along with quarterback commit Jimmy Fitzgerald. For a freezing mid-week day in late February, it was quite the assembly of talent.

"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."


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