Illinois is looking to add explosive and dynamic playmakers to a more diverse offensive unit now with Garrick McGee overseeing that side of the ball. One player they are targeting heavily is former Maryland and current Iowa Western receiver Will Ulmer.
Ulmer, who received an offer from Illinois this spring, likes what Illinois has to offer and would add a great deal of speed to a receiving corps that could use a few more playmakers.
"Illinois offered a couple weeks ago, and the staff is building a relationship and their plan for me," Ulmer said.
That plan involves getting the ball in Ulmer's hands in a lot of different ways. Ulmer, who played quarterback in high school, has sub 4.4 speed and feels like the Illinois staff wants to set him up to make things happen in space.
"I feel like Illinois has a plan to get the ball in my hands in space out of the slot, get me reverses and carries as well," Ulmer said, "and on top of that, help mold me into a man."
Aside from Illinois, Ulmer is also hearing from the likes of UNC, Arizona State, Maryland (where he signed out of HS), Louisville, and many more.
Ulmer was a creative playmaker during his high school days, finding space and breaking long runs. On film, he shows elite burst and acceleration and uses great vision to get to the open field.
Once in space with the ball, Ulmer has great speed and can blow past defenders. As a receiver, Ulmer will need to develop as a more polished route-runner. Spending most of his career as a quarterback will help him understand routes, but he will need to execute more complex routes demanded of him in college.