Illinois has already landed two talented receivers in the 2017 class, but could be looking for one more to complete a trifecta of playmakers. To do that, one player they have specifically targeted is Mesquite (TX) Horn WR Reggie Roberson.
Roberson, who is positioned to be one of the most productive receivers in the Lone Star State this season, is a speedy target who has shifty moves and does well in creating separation to get open.
Though he is committed to Kansas, and has been since mid-May, that has not stopped other schools from reaching out to the talented wide-out.
"Thats my school. I'm committed and that's pretty much it," Roberson said. "I'm hearing from some schools. I'm open to hear and see anything and take visits and all that."
One of the schools he has been hearing from often is Illinois. The Illini, under new head coach Lovie Smith and receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker, have been in frequent contact with Roberson and have been for a while.
"Its been really good (talking with Illinois)," Roberson said. "The coaches are cool, and unlike some other schools, they have still been recruiting me and talking to me hard."
Roberson has built a close connection with Hayes-Stoker, who Roberson feels he can relate to.
"Yeah he hits me up a lot, almost every day, and I like that because he tells me what going on with recruiting," Roberson said. "He tells me how I'll fit in and how he will use me and all of that. He is cool and young so he kind of knows how to talk to me, and like I respect him a lot!"
Roberson did say that he plans a visit to Champaign at some point, but hasn't set a date yet.
"(I'm planning to visit) sometime soon," Roberson said. "I dont have an official date yet."
Roberson says he is still hearing from East Carolina, Indiana, Colorado State, and Mississippi State. Among other things, Roberson is looking for a school at which he has the opportunity to make an early impact.
"(I just want) a good Coach, one that's strict but teaches me and makes me better. Not a coach that just wants me to be a regular player, but someone who will push me to bigger and better heights in football and in life. Also, I'd like early playing time and someone who will work with me and give me a chance to play as a true freshman."