"The visit was great," Watkins said. "I loved every aspect of it."
Watkins has gotten to know Coach Golesh and Coach Beckman well over recent weeks during in-home and in-school visits, but now with the official visit came the opportunity to get familiar with some of the players, including his host V'Angelo Bentley.
"I had a good time with the guys," he said. "Everyone seems to jell well with one another. It truly seems like a family."
The time spent with the players as well as the overall campus experience really left a positive impression on the Nashville athlete.
"My favorite part was the basketball game and the locker room tour," he said. "I enjoyed hanging out with the players."
Geographically, Illinois may be far from his current home, but it isn't far from a place he still considers "home".
"I still claim Chicago as my home because I loved it so much even though I've been in Tennessee longer," Watkins said.
Watkins is not only a talented football player, but a championship level track athlete. While on campus, he got to meet with the Illinois Track & Field coaching staff.
"I really want to try to run in college," Watkins said. "My mom is a big advocate of that as well. But it won't affect my decision."
Watkins' decision could loom large for Illinois, who is recruiting his teammate, 4-star running back Keshawn Vaughn. Vaughn, who is also undecided, visited West Virginia this weekend and will announce on Wednesday among Illinois, WVU, Purdue, and Louisville.