Listermann Sees Illinois First-Hand

Junior offensive tackle Noah Listermann of Cincinnati, OH, is being very thorough with the recruiting process, and he gave Saturday's Illinois visit high marks.

Illinois hosted a huge group of junior visitors on Saturday in Champaign. One in particular who came away impressed was Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods offensive tackle Noah Listermann.

"The visit was really great," he said. "I got to know the staff on a more personal level. They're all great people. It was cool seeing all the coaches in an actual practice environment as well and see how the team was with each other."

The Illinois visit was something Listermann was looking forward to for some time. So when he finally got on campus, he took advantage of the opportunity.

"I came for a camp and really wasn't able to talk to any coaches or see the campus that much before," he said, "so I was definitely looking forward to this one."

Listermann is very analytical when looking at different schools. So when he got to Illinois, he saw a few things that stood out to him.

"The staff is a huge thing," he said. "I haven't had super in-depth conversations with the coaches I've met for the first time like that. That's a big thing for me. They have a huge family environment going on."

As far as what's going to set these schools apart as he goes through the process, Listermann has a long list of factors that will ultimately play into his decision.

"I'm looking at available majors, how I feel about the place, the team, of course, distance from home, and the staff," he said. "I look at everything really. Nothing is decided just on the surface. Some people decide only on the team and the record or the way the uniforms look."

This looks to be a long process for Listermann, who doesn't expect to make a decision for some time.

"It's going to be a while," he said. "I'm already having trouble making a mock list of all the schools now. I'm going to make a board of all the schools. Right now I have a notebook so far with the things I like about schools that have offered me and factors that will help me make a decision."

Listermann admits he hasn't started to narrow things down, but said that if he had a list of schools that "Illinois would be higher up, that's for sure."

Moving forward, Listermann has a busy spring of travel planned already.

"I'm planning on seeing Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan State, and other schools that have offered me so far," he said. "As much as I can fit into the spring."

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