Brad Robbins had a suspicion that a second visit in a week from Bob Ligashesky could bring good news.
The Illini special teams coach stopped by to tell the Westerville (Ohio) South punter he had a scholarship offer.
"Coach Lig came into school today and made it official," Robbins said. "They are going to run a pro punt formation, so essentially he said he was looking for an NFL-caliber punter. He said that out of all of the guys that he had met and talked to and had seen, I am their guy."
Robbins is the second Class of 2017 punter to receive a scholarship offer from Illinois. After the first (Tucker Day) committed to Mississippi State last week, Illinois widened its net for punters. On Wednesday, Ligashesky was in California to visit three-star punter Ryan Stonehouse, who said last week that he may schedule a visit to Champaign. On Thursday, Ligashesky visited Robbins. He must've liked what he saw."
Robbins currently is committed to Nevada but said "the coaching change stirred up some uncertainty." Also, performing in three kicking camps has attracted interest from Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan and Navy.
But the Illini offer could be a game-changer.
"Well, it's my first Big Ten offer so far, and it's been a dream to play a sport in the Big Ten since I was a little kid," Robbins said. "It definitely makes things more interesting for my recruitment. I'm just very honored to be considered by Illinois."
Robbins said he's in the process of scheduling a visit to Illinois.
"My dad and I are ready to visit, but we have to run things past the true boss in the house, my mom," Robbins said. "I understand that the school has one of the top engineering programs in the country. I also understand the need for a punter in the program, so what I'll be looking for (during a visit) is the right fit and the right people."