One of the top 2018 recruits in the state of Illinois is Gurnee (IL) Warren Township WR Micah Jones. The 6'5" 195 pound receiver has been on the radar of college coaches for a long time, but Illinois is hoping that they can keep him home.
Jones has visited Illinois in the past, but this was his second visit to Champaign this year. This time, though, he did an overnight stay and got to spend time with some familiar faces.
"I got in Friday night," he said. "We met with Caleb (Reams), Lovie, and the staff. The visit was great! I had a lot of fun. There's a lot of change (for the better) going on."
One of his favorite times on campus was his meeting with Lovie. Jones and his father have known Lovie for years, so it was great for him to reconnect with an old acquaintance.
"It was great," he said. "We spent a lot of Saturday with him and some of Friday night."
Jones also got to spend time with new receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker. Hayes-Stoker left a good impression on the rising junior.
"He's a great dude," Jones said. "He's funny and I could definitely see him as a coach."
Jones has been on the road a lot this spring seeing schools across the midwest and beyond. But how did this Illinois visit stack up against some of his others?
"It was one of the best visits," Jones said. "It was great to see the campus with Caleb and Jalin (Tolbert) and then talk to some of the other recruits. Micah (Awodiran) was real cool and the other major recruits there were real cool too."
One of the big litmus tests for Illinois though will be how the culture changes under the new staff. Jones feels that Illinois is headed in a positive direction and feels the culture is changing.
"I feel (the culture) is changing," he said. "From everyone, the fans, the coaches, the players.. everyone."