Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel Catholic 2018 athlete Shaneal Greene made a mid-week visit to Champaign on Thursday to get his first taste of the University of Illinois campus and Illini football program.
"It was great; I loved everything about it," Greene told Illini Inquirer. "We watched the players practice for some time and then we took a tour of the campus. After that, we stopped to see the weight room, the players' lounge and football field. The part that stood out to me was watching the players practice, seeing how they compete and seeing how the coaches coach. Also, it was a great campus."
Greene hasn't received a wave of recruiting interest yet, but he's caught the eye of some programs. Greene said he's received interest from Illinois, Purdue, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio). He also has taken early visits to Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Iowa.
He spent most of Thursday's trip in Champaign with 2018 Bolingbrook cornerback/receiver I'Shawn Stewart. He also spent time with the Illini staff, including head coach Lovie Smith.
http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1690472-ol-dl-verdis-brown-i..."What interests me the most (about Illinois) is how Lovie is changing the program around and the nice facilities that will be there around when I graduate," Greene said. "The staff told me that they are really interested in me, and I've been under there radar for a while, and they want me to come back down for a game."
The rising junior has an intriguing mix of length and athleticism. He also could have the versatility to play either receiver or defensive back.
Greene played at Niles West last season but since transferred to Carmel Catholic.
"The team is looking pretty good; we have some young guys, but we have a lot of leaders," Greene said. "I would describe myself as a leader. Also I can find the ball and am a good route runner."