First Offer for Bannerman

Ohio DE Jaylin Bannerman got a nice surprise when he landed his first offer while on an unofficial visit to Illinois.

Illinois is just days from finishing up with the 2015 class, but the recruiting effort in the 2016 class is rolling right along. A large group of visitors on Saturday included Pickerington (OH) Central junior DE Jaylin Bannerman, who picked up an offer from Illinois while on campus.

"The visit was really exciting," he said. "It's a great place. I enjoyed myself. I loved the coaching staff and Coach Beckman is a really great guy."

The offer caught Bannerman off guard, but the excitement of landing his first offer was hard for him to deny.

"It was a great feeling," he said of the offer. "I was very surprised. It's my first, but I have a lot of interest from others."

Bannerman connected with Beckman, who is also an Ohio native, while on his visit.

"We clocked pretty fast," Bannerman said. "He made me feel like I was a part of the team. The staff there is really like a family."

Aside from Illinois, Bannerman has been hearing a lot from Ohio University, Michigan State, Bowling Green, and Toledo.

"I've been to Ohio U and I had one scheduled last Sunday to MSU but had to cancel due to the weather," he said.

Bannerman said he will be putting a lot of weight on academics when looking at schools. He hopes to major in forensic science in college.

But for now, Bannerman is in the midst of a career at a high school that has consistently produced division one talent year in, year out. That legacy means a lot to him.

"It's great," he said. "I used to look up to a lot of those players. Now some kids look up to me. It's awesome."

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