Chewins has growing interest in Illinois

Clarkston (Mich.) tight end checks out Illini spring game and hopes things keep progressing in his relationship with Illinois after liking what he saw in Champaign.

Illinois already has one player from Clarkston (Mich.) High School on its roster and it could be looking to add a second in the 2015 class.

Clarkston tight end Cole Chewins, who holds offers from Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, visited the Illini for their spring game last Saturday and came away feeling good about things in Champaign.

"It was just a really good experience and I like what they are trying to promote in their program and what they are looking for in their program," he said. "I have a buddy from my high school, Jesse Chadwell, who is down there on the team. He told me that it's a great place and after I got to see it, I understand why he said that.

"It's a great campus, great people and a great program."

It was his first trip to Illinois, so he had the chance to talk more with the coaches, who wanted to gauge his interest level.

"They just wanted to know if I was actually interested in them because I hadn't really been down there before so they were just trying to see if I was interested enough because they are interested in me," he said.

There already was mutual interest going into the visit, but the 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end left with even more interest on his end.

"It's definitely there," Chewins said. "I like the school and I like what they do with their tight ends, so I am going to pay more attention to their program and I'm going to try and camp there."

Camping has been the message from many schools as a hurdle before an offer could come. The Clarkston offense focuses on using tight ends to block with their hand in the ground, so many schools are seeking the chance to see Chewins get out wide, run and catch.

"They were really impressed with my film and everything," he said. "They like me a lot and said I'm up there and just they want a live evaluation of me before they make a decision, but they consider me as a good prospect that they are looking at for their team."

Chewins also plans to camp at Michigan and Michigan State this summer.

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