One of the just three 2018 quarterbacks with an IIlinois scholarship offer will be in town to watch the Illini take on North Carolina in primetime.
Pattonville (Mo.) junior dual-threat quarterback Kaleb Eleby will visit Champaign for the first time on Saturday.
"I'm very excited to come," Eleby told Illini Inquirer on Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to seeing the atmosphere of the environment and the speed of the game."
Eleby has two scholarship offers so far: Illinois and Iowa State. He said he's also receiving interest from Tennessee, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Penn State and UCF.
What's sticking out about the Illini so far?
"The coaches' effort in trying to build a relationship with me," Eleby said. "I like it . Ever since the first day coaches can contact, we have been talking everyday building a good relationship."
Eleby said head coach Lovie Smith, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and running backs coach Thad Ward have been in contact with him.
http://www.scout.com/college/illinois/story/1702972-illini-football-recr... What sticks out about the conversations is the words of encouragement of constantly getting better, my interest, the confidence they have in me to be able to play for them in the future and overall just building a good relationship," Eleby said.
Eleby also is gaining more interest from other programs.
"I've been receiving a lot of mail, but Iowa was on me the most," Eleby said. "And a lot of coaches who have came to my school said they like my big-time arm, my footwork of stepping up in the pocket and my ability to improvise when a play breaks down.
Several other Missouri products on Saturday, including receivers Cameron Brown and Kamryn Babb. Illinois also is trying to bring in defensive line prospects Trevor Trout and Ronnie Perkins on Saturday. Eleby said all the St. Louis prospects are "close."
Illinois is upping its efforts in St. Louis and took a big step forward last month when it landed commitments from Trinity Catholic offensive lineman Larry Boyd and St. Louis University High defensive back Tony Adams.
"Tony and I talked about it during his whole recruiting process," Eleby said. "We actually were teammates for 7-on-7 and are good friends. He just felt good about his decision and went with it . And I know Larry was a pretty good lineman, so that's a good move as well."