The Illinois recruiting class has been nothing short of a revolving door as of late, but one of the guys who joined and is poised to stick with the class is Conyers (GA) Salem DB Evan Jones.
"It felt great," Jones said. "They made me feel like family. I didn't realize how massive the school was. I really loved the campus, and I'm ready to contribute to Illinois' success."
Jones already had a good relationship with the Illinois staff, but he got to spend time with the players on his visit, and enjoyed getting to know a couple of the younger defensive players.
"I got to know two of the guys: Julian Hylton, who plays safety, and Tito (Odenigbo)," he said. "I got to know both of them pretty well."
He continued, "I also got to know (commits) Tymir Oliver, Doug Kramer, and Christion Abercrombie pretty well, also."
Jones, who has the frame and body type to play safety, said the Illinois coaches envision him as a cornerback at the next level. He will be working with new Illinois DBs coach and former Miami assistant Paul Williams.
"He has some excellent teaching points," Jones said of Williams. "And he has a great mind for defense. I feel as if he can be a great mentor."
An often unheralded recruiter, Illinois linebackers coach Al Seamonson was the coach responsible for finding and reaching out to Jones. Jones said Seamonson helped sell him on "the academics, the facilities, and the coaches" at Illinois.