At 6'5" tall and 275 pounds, 2016 Lafayette (IN) Central Catholic OL Coy Cronk stands out. But not just because of his size. But more likely because at that size, he also plays linebacker (yes, linebacker) for his high school team.
However, his future in college is on the offensive side of the ball, and his athleticism makes him a very sought-after prospect by many college programs. One of those programs is Illinois, where Cronk took a visit this past weekend.
"It's awesome," Cronk said of his time on campus. "It's a great environment. The coaches were really excited for the game, and I was excited to see them play."
The Illini are in a really good place with Cronk at this time. The campus has many of the things he is looking for in a school, and Illinois OL coach Tom Brattan has remained constantly in pursuit of him.
"I really, really like Illinois," Cronk said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Brattan, the offensive line coach. They have great facilities, a beautiful campus, and great academics."
During Illinois' bye week, Coach Brattan paid a visit to Cronk's game in Lafayette. Seeing Brattan there convinced Cronk that he needed to visit Illinois and see coach and his guys in action.
"Coach Brattan has been recruiting me for a long time," he said. "He definitely wanted me to come out for a game. He was at my game last Friday. I was excited to watch him coach and watch the offensive line get after it."
Cronk is getting to the point of his recruitment where he is closely examining schools, and he is trying to find the place where he feels most comfortable.
"The coaching staff, the academics, and the atmosphere (all matter)," he said. "I'm just trying to find the best fit for me as far as playing time and finding the best fit on the field."
One school who surprisingly is not heavily involved is hometown Purdue. Cronk isn't quite sure why the Boilermakers aren't showing more interest, but he did say he still hears from them.
"I talk to them often, but they haven't offered. I don't know. It's kind of a tricky situation," he said.
Cronk did say he would like to try to choose a school sooner rather than later, but did not seem to be in a rush by any means.
"As of right now I don't have a timetable set for my decision, but hopefully sometime soon," he said. "My goal is after the season, but as of now I'm still trying to find the best fit."