Carmoni Green long has had Illinois near the top of his list. A three-day unofficial visit to Champaign this weekend with a pair of high school teammates just solidified the Illini's standing with the Miami (Fla.) Central receiver.
"I knew it was going to be a great visit," Green said, "but it was like kind of better than I thought it would be too. When I went to see the city and stuff, it was very nice. It was great. I had fun, and I love the campus. It was my first time being up there. The people around the community and the coaches there are really nice. They showed a lot of interest in me. I had teammates up there with me (Owen Carney and Kywan Smith), and they enjoyed and I enjoyed it, so we were thinking that we could like possibly end up there together."
Back to the idea of Green and Miami Central teammates playing together at Illinois in a bit.
The trio arrived in Champaign on Wednesday night. On Thursday, they toured the campus, watched film with the Illini coaches and then enjoyed a barbecue in the stadium with the coaches and other Illini recruiting targets, including a few Illini commits.
"It was cool," Green said. "I met a guy from Chicago who's committed, a quarterback named Cam (Thomas) and a receiver named Ricky (Smalling)," Green said. "He was just saying we could just come there and rip it and tear it up. They were cool. They were very nice."
On Friday, the Miami trio explored campus a little more. Then Green and his mother talked with Illini head coach Lovie Smith for almost an hour.
http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1690665-illini-rb-commit-mik... "He was just saying that this could just be a good place for me," Green said. "That it could be a great opportunity to get to the NFL after playing at that school. He's a very interesting guy because he talks very softly for a head coach. He's like a different type of coach than everyone else. That's a good thing because I can feel more comfortable around him."
Illinois will soon learn if the visit was enough to put them over the top. Green plans to announce a commitment on Aug. 25.
"My top-five is Illinois, Pitt, Utah, Oregon State and UCF," Green said.
Green said he will visit Pitt in the next few weeks before making a decision.
http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1690227-rb-calvin-tyler-illi... "Pitt, they breed great receivers, like Larry Fitzgerald," Green said. "They just want me to come up and see the city. They think I can be a big piece in their pro-style offense. With Utah, they got a good freshman quarterback, Tyler Huntley, and I know he's going to make a big impact on the Pac-12. And they pass the ball a lot. Oregon State, I feel like I can just go up there and rip it right away.
"Illinois, that's just a great school overall. I like the playing style, and I like what they're trying to do."
Illinois and assistant coach Thad Ward have long prioritized Green as one of their top receiver targets. They also have long made Carney (a three-star defensive end) a priority (though Carney recently received a Florida State offer) and are the only power-five program to offer Smith, a running back.
The trio has talked about playing together. After hosting them all on the same weekend, it's apparent that Illinois would welcome all three.
"We're serious (when we talk about playing together) because I'm for real when we talk about it," Green said. "That would be great to me because I'd have high-school teammates I could talk to and play with."