Florida WR M.J. McGriff gets Illini offer

Illini extend offer to speedy, shifty Florida wide receiver M.J. McGriff

Recruiting seems to change by the day for Vero Beach (Fla.) wide receiver M.J. McGriff.

On Monday, it took a big uptick as Illinois offensive coordinator Ryan Cubit called to inform him the Illini were extending a scholarship offer.

"It felt really good," McGriff said. "I've been waiting for a big offer to come through."

McGriff promptly set an official visit to Illinois for the weekend of Jan. 29. He said he will visit Ball State this weekend. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout also has offers from Temple, Middle Tennessee and USF, to name a few, and reports interest from NC State, South Carolina and Pitt.

"Honestly, a lot of stuff has been coming through this week, so it's kind of up in the air," McGriff said. "After the Illinois visit, like on the plane ride I guess me and my mom will sit down and start thinking about it and putting everything together what certain schools have to offer and make a decision."

McGriff admits he doesn't know a lot about Illinois, though he's brushing up quickly on the staff and the school.

"I think it's really good," McGriff said of Illinois. "Everything I've been hearing about it is really good. I didn't really check into it before. Honestly, I didn't really think I was going to get a Big Ten offer or Big 12 offer or something like that. But as soon as my coach told me (Illinois was interested), I was looking at their record. I went through some of the recaps of the games they went through. I saw they were in some close battles and pulled out some. I've been looking at the campus, looking at the education and everything. It looks really good."

McGriff likes to model his game after L.A. Rams receiver Tavon Austin.

"Dynamic," McGriff said. "I'm a playmaker. I don't believe in going down on first contact. I believe every play is supposed to be a touchdown. If I have the ball in my hands, I'm thinking touchdown."

The Illini are looking for a wide receiver who can stretch the field and recently hosted Texas wideout Evan Fairs for an official visit. Other targets include Texas wideouts Zach FarrarJoseph Ward and Brandon Benson.

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