Offer Comes for 2016 LB

The first Friday night lights camp at Illinois had an especially strong linebacker group. One of those prospects landed an offer from the Illini on Wednesday. Get his reaction.

One of the standout linebackers at the first of two Friday Night Lights camps at Illinois was Berea (OH) Midpark junior Joe Bachie. The 2016 prospect performed well in almost every drill while in Champaign and laid the foundation for an offer in the near future.

On Wednesday, that offer came as Illinois linebackers coach Mike Ward contacted Bachie's high school coach to give him the news to pass along.

"Coach Ward actually called my head football coach and he told my dad about it, so I had to call him later on," he said.

Bachie got positive feedback from the Illinois coaches after his performance at the camp, so he had a hunch that the offer could be on the way any day now.

"I was hoping they would offer because I felt like I did really well there," he said. "I was waiting for it, and when it happened I was excited."

Berea, Ohio is not only Bachie's hometown. It's also the old stomping grounds of Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman. So it was no surprise that Beckman paid some extra attention to the Berean.

"We talked a bit about some of his stories about how he moved in with his dad and how he coached with the Browns and when he moved into Berea," Bachie said. "It was all pretty laid back."

Bachie added Illinois to a list that otherwise contained three Ohio schools.

"Illinois is my fourth offer," he said. "I also have offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, and Youngstown State."

But Illinois really caught Bachie off guard when he got to campus. The whole camp experience was something he won't forget.

"Originally when I went there and saw the stadium I thought "wow". I didn't realize it was that nice," he said. "My first impressions of dinner, how they treated us, and the field was unbelievable."

With no plans for any more camps this summer, the offers may not come in right away for Bachie, but now with a Big Ten offer, he's on the radar.

"Actually, I'm not sure that any other schools will offer any time soon," he said. "I'm done with camps for the summer and haven't really been talking much with other schools."

Illinois may not have been Bachie's first offer, but the Illini did become Bachie's first Big Ten offer. And that could be a factor down the road when he goes to decide.

"One of my dreams has always been playing Big Ten football," Bachie said. "My dream school has always been Ohio State because I'm from Ohio. The coaching staff will be a big factor. The education and how the campus looks too."

Not only has Bachie's camp schedule ended, but his visit plans have really slowed down. As of now, he has no more visits planned for the time being.

The only unofficial visit I went on was Bowling Green right after they offered, and I went to the Northwestern Camp," he said. "I also camped at Toledo and that's when they offered me. I may go see Toledo for an unofficial visit but other than that I don't have any unofficial visits planned."

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