Oseland Returns to Illinois

2015 offensive lineman Quinn Oseland was one of three in-state targets to make a mid-week visit to Illinois.

CHAMPAIGN - Quinn Oseland was already lining up a trip with friends to see Illinois take on Nebraska Wednesday.

Before everything was worked out though, the Illini football staff invited the 6-6, 300-pounder from Springfield to visit alongside fellow 2015 offensive lineman Gabe Megginson and quarterback commit Jimmy Fitzgerald.

He jumped at the chance.

"It's nice because it's not too far," he said of the drive. "I can't visit any other schools like this during the week."

Oseland knows his way around the Illinois campus. He camped in June and returned for two games in the fall — versus Cincinnati and Wisconsin. With the general know-how already down pat, Oseland says he used this recent trip to focus on specifics.

"I'm building those relationships and checking out the details, all the little things," he said. "The coaches, mainly. I like the coaching staff a lot, and everybody is really nice. I'm very familiar with them, which is good."

Like Megginson, the Illini staff has treated Oseland with top billing. Having another talented in-state player nearby never hurts.

"I know him pretty well," Oseland said. "I've texted with him back and forth and we've been on a couple visits together, so I know him decent."

The month of February brought forth new offers. Oregon and Minnesota extended an invite Oseland's way, joining Illinois and Northern Illinois on his list.

The activity is picking up, but Oseland says he's handled the attention well to this point.

"It hasn't been too stressful at all," he said. "I love traveling with my friends, and i love meeting people. I have a lot of fun."

Oseland doesn't have another visit set up yet, but he has a few aspects he'll be checking each school against.

"Probably look at the academics, the coaching staff and what the overall atmosphere and facilities are like," he said. "I haven't thought about it too much yet, but I'm sure soon enough I'll be thinking about how I'm going to make my decision."

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