The offer from the Illini came as a surprise to Eldridge, who hadn't heard much from Illinois in the past.
"None of the coaches have stopped in yet this spring, but my coach told me that Illinois offered," he said. "I hadn't really talked to Illinois before."
Illinois is a relatively unfamiliar program to Eldridge, so he plans on doing his homework on the Illini.
"I do know that Illinois is in the Big Ten," he said. "I didn't know that they were that interested in me, so I need to look into their program."
Eldridge does know what he will be looking at when he examines the different schools recruiting him.
"As far as football, I look for a team that has a great coaching staff and everyone is a family," he said. "I like when a program is good on the field and works hard. I also like a program that throws the ball a good amount."
He continued, "Off the field I want to like the campus and community around the school because you won't be playing football 24/7."
As a receiver, Eldridge has several assets that make him a productive receiver. He tries to play like one of the most dominant receivers in the game.
"My hands, speed, and the separation I get from DBs are my strengths," he said. "I definitely try to be like Megatron (Calvin Johnson). He can do so many things and is a great athlete."
Eldridge has established some lofty goals for his senior year. One of which is personal.
"I want to help carry my team to a state championship and of course beat our county rival, which is my old school."