Illini Bring the Show to Oseland

Illinois held a spring scrimmage in Springfield on Friday -- on the home field of top o-line target Quinn Oseland.

SPRINGFIELD -- Most recruits use the spring months to visit colleges to check out the campus and perhaps a practice.

In Quinn Oseland's case, the Illinois football team and the chance to view a practice came to him.

The Illini practiced at Springfield's Sacred Heart-Griffin High School on Friday, the home of the 2015 6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman.

"It's great. Having them on my own home field is great to see," Oseland said. "It will help with recruiting and help with popularity. They like to say they're the state's team and this will definitely help."

The past few months have been full of new offers and visits. By late February, Oseland was a national recruit, picking up offers from Arizona State, California, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Utah, Syracuse and others. He took trips to Ohio State, Missouri and Illinois.

"As of right now I'm keeping my options open," he said. "I'll consider new schools, and I want to go see them. I want to see everybody and make my own decision."

Of course the home state Illini have made Oseland feel like a top priority.

"I don't feel much pressure, but I think people would be happy with me staying in the state and playing for the state's team," he said. "I talk to the coaching staff quite a bit, and I've been on quite a few visits there. I'm very close to them and very comfortable with them."

A decision by the end of the summer could be in store. That's the ideal time table for SHG head coach Ken Leonard, who would prefer Oseland have his decision made before his senior season.

"Right now I'm taking things as they come but I'm sure as we go along I'll probably have a top five list or top group of schools before my decision," he said.

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