2018 Pattonville (MO) QB Kaleb Eleby is a mobile quarterback with solid pocket presence and a developing arm. Unlike many young mobile quarterbacks, Eleby does not take off as soon as the pocket starts to break down, but rather hangs in to make the throw. He extends plays with his feet and always keeps his eyes downfield.
Illinois under new offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, are looking for quarterbacks that fit that mold, and recently extended an offer to the junior from the St. Louis (MO) suburb. Eleby had a feeling the offer was coming at some point, and was glad the staff kept their word about his evaluation and eventual offer.
"I'm very excited about the offer," said Eleby. "We kept in contact. They saw my film and were very impressed. They told me they were going to review it with some of the other coaches and get back to me. They stuck to what they told me."
Eleby's recruitment really started with a former Illini quarterback and evolved once the new staff got in place.
"(My recruitment) honestly started with Coach (Nathan) Scheelhaase and he kept in contact with me," Eleby said. "I've also talked a lot with Coach (Thad) Ward and Coach (Garrick) McGee."
Eleby hasn't been to Champaign yet, but plans to change that soon with a visit likely sometime early this summer.
"I haven't been there yet, but I do plan on visiting very soon to actually get a feel for things and meet with the coaches.
Eleby, who also holds an offer from Iowa State, is also planning on attending the Illini's satellite camp in the St. Louis area, where he is looking forward to the interaction he will have with the coaching staff.
"I'm excited to be able to work with Coach McGee firsthand and get a feel for him and his coaching."