Reams Talks Illinois, Wake Forest Trips

Call Caleb Reams King of the Road -- the tight end took trips to Illinois and Wake Forest this week.

CHAMPAIGN — Call Caleb Reams King of the Road.

The 2015 tight end prospect from Gurnee, Ill., logged plenty of miles this week thanks to trips to Wake Forest and Illinois.

One was much longer than the other.

Reams and his mother took the 750-plus-mile drive to Winston Salem, N.C., to attend a Demon Deacons camp on Wednesday.

"It was actually a long, long drive," he said. "It's a great school. It's a great opportunity. That's really all I can say about it. The coaches are great, environment there is great, really there's nothing bad to say."

He trekked back home on Thursday, taking the wheel for at least four hours of the trip. On Friday, he showed up in Champaign. The Illini coaching staff asked if he wanted to watch the Friday Night Lights Camp. Reams agreed, in part because his teammate, rising freshman wideout Micah Jones, planned to participate. That and Reams likes the feel at Illinois.

"I love it here. It's great environment and everything like that," he said. "Illinois is one of my top choices. It's really down to Illinois and Wake Forest right now."

Reams recruitment has been all over the map. He earned an offer from Western Michigan in March and committed to the Broncos shortly thereafter. It didn't take long for Reams to realize he was moving too quickly, but it wasn't for football-related reasons.

"Academics is one of the main reasons I de-committed from Western Michigan," he said. "I didn't feel like it would have been the best place for me academically. I'm trying to go into either engineering or education."

A decision could come sooner than later. For now, Reams is shooting for balance. He's handling his recruitment, making long trips while still aiming for a state championship his senior season. He's making sure to make the most of this process because he's not taking it for granted.

"No student loans," he said, laughing. "It's really a blessing that we have an opportunity to be doing this. You really can't say as much as you want about it. It's amazing. It really is."


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