Illini host 2018 Mount Carmel defender Terrance Taylor

Illinois intrigued by 2018 Mount Carmel linebacker/defensive end Terrance Taylor, who took an unofficial visit to Champaign on Saturday

Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel defender Terrance Taylor caught the Illinois coaches' eyes at the Illini's Chicago satellite camp in June.

On Saturday, the Illini coaches invited Taylor to get his eyes on their campus.

"It was great," Taylor said of his unofficial visit. "What really stood out was really how big the campus was. We just loved the atmosphere of the campus."

Taylor has a great mix of size and speed. He worked mostly at linebacker during the June satellite camp. But Illinois is intrigued most in his potential to bulk up and play as an edge rusher. Taylor plays both defensive end and linebacker at Mount Carmel, as well as tight end.

Taylor didn't get a chance to meet up with any of the Illini coaches -- who have not yet extended a scholarship offer -- during game day but did meet with some of the recruiting staff.

"I met with the director of player personnel (Josh Sternquist), and he said they're offering a very select group of people for 2018 and I'm someone at the top of the list," Taylor said.

The Mount Carmel junior also is receiving interest from Michigan State, Penn State, Mississippi State and Oregon. He also holds an offer from Central Michigan.

"I haven't really visited any of them yet because of the football season and how far they are," Taylor said.

But he's already starting to think about what he wants in a college.

"The place that I can call home and a place that has great academics," he said.

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