Rich Central (Ill.) features one of the bigger defensive lines in the state. On Saturday, most of that group will visit Illinois, including Illini target Caylon May.
"Yes, and I'm bringing big dawgs Miles Wade (a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle) and Anthony Burton (a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end)," May told Illini Inquirer on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle has visited Illinois' campus twice already. But on Saturday, he'll get to see one of the more raucous gameday atmospheres in recent memory as Illinois hosts North Carolina. He'll also get a better chance to connect with the new Illini staff.
"Every time I visit they are always excited to see me and the staff there is like a family," May said. "When I go to college, that's what I want to feel, like I'm around family. We have good communication. I definitely feel like they care"
May held a scholarship from the previous Illinois staff. But Lovie Smith's staff wants to see more from the in-state defensive lineman.
"They want to see my senior season, and they said they'll go from there," May said. "But they really like me, and they like that I play physical and run hard."
In the meantime, May is receiving interest from several MAC programs.
"Bowling Green, NIU and Western Michigan have been in contact the most," said May, who has visited Indiana, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan for unofficial visits. "For my visits, those will probably be the ones I schedule."
What would it mean to receive an offer from the new Illini staff?
"It would mean a lot," May said. "It'd give me another hard decision to make."