Spears On Campus

IlliniPlaybook checks in with West Aurora (Ill.) defensive back Drake Spears about his recent visit to campus.

Another visit is in the books to Illinois for three-star defensive back Drake Spears, who visited for the spring game.

"Pretty good. It was good. The best part was seeing the coaches, talking to the coaches and meeting some of the players," Spears said.

The 6-2, 200-pound athlete received his first offer, from Illinois just about a year ago and has building a relationship with the staff ever since.

"It's been good just talking to them a lot and basically just becoming a family. They want to use me as anything, safety, nickel, corner. Their plan would just be to decide when I get there."

He continued, "I like that they are open ended. I like knowing that I will get there and play where they need me the most.

The coach that recruits Spears the most is outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson.

"I like that he just keeps trying to get me to go there. He is a really cool guy, I really like him as a coach and he is never negative. He is always positive," Spears said.

Most of Spears interest is in the Midwest -- a style of football that he really likes.

"I like that they play hard. It is smash mouth football. They aren't as much into the speed of the game, it's all about hitting. And I like to hit, so I like that style of play."

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