ATH Tony Adams receives Illini offer after breakout camp performance

A day after a strong showing at Illini satellite camp, St. Louis University High athlete Tony Adams received his first power-five offer

Tony Adams thought he performed pretty well Tuesday at the Illinois satellite camp in St. Louis.

The 2017 St. Louis University High athlete played three positions, ran a 4.63 40-yard dash on a slow surface (shave 0.1 off that time for a more accurate track time) and tied for the best broad jump at 10 feet, 1 inch.

"It was a pretty good day," Adams said on Tuesday. "I need to work on a few things. Coach Lovie Smith taught me some new things, so it was pretty good."

It turns out that Adams had a great day. So great that on Wednesday the Illini extended Adams a scholarship offer, his first power-five conference offer.

"It feels real good that all the hard work is finally paying off," Adams said on Wednesday. "I talked to Coach Lovie Smith and I was excited and shocked because I just got done working out."

Adams was popular with Illini coaches on Tuesday, including Smith.

"It was humbling," Adams said. "You don't meet Lovie Smith every day, and then just watching him, he coached in a Super Bowl game. It was humbling."

Adams worked out as a defensive back for secondary coach Paul Williams, at running back with assistant Thad Ward and at wide receiver with assistant Andrew Hayes-Stoker. The Illini like his versatility.

"They said they liked me a lot both ways," Adams said. "They wanted to try me at multiple positions. I played a little running back today, wide receiver and DB so it was pretty fun."

Adams now has 15 scholarship offers -- including Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and North Dakota State -- but the Illini offer is by far the most significant.

What's it mean for his recruitment?

"Big step," Adams said. "I grew up watching the Illini play, so to get this meant a lot."

What's next for Adams?

"I want to get up to (the Illinois) campus soon," Adams said, "finish these few camps I have left and get ready to help my team win state."

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