Illini First Offer for DMV WR

Lovie Smith's staff has shown the ability to discover talent and be the first to make a move on a prospect if they feel confident in their evaluation. That's the case with this receiver from Maryland.

The Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, or "DMV" area is a region where Illinois used to have significant recruiting success.  The Illini are hoping to rekindle the recruiting fire in that area with 2018 Milford Mills (MD) receiver Ugo Obasi, who landed an offer last week.

Obasi, who is also a skilled basketball player, was excited when the offer from Illinois finally came.

"I got the offer from Coach (Andrew) Hayes-Stoker," Obasi said.  "It was awesome.  What an experience.  They showed a lot of love (leading up to the offer)."

Obasi is already hearing from several other Big Ten programs among others, and he suspects that he may be picking up more offers to go along with his Illini offer very soon.

"I'm hearing from Penn State, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia, Temple, Duke, and Michigan State," he said.

Obasi, who visited Maryland Saturday, said that he thought that the Terps could be close to offering.  As a junior, Obasi said that he followed Towson of all schools, because, as he said, "I wasn't really expecting to hear from the Big Ten, Pac 12, and ACC as a junior."

Obasi did say that he hopes to see a few schools this spring, though he has not yet set a travel schedule.  He does hope to include Illinois on that list, despite the distance from home.

"I want to see Penn State and Maryland.  I'm not sure of the other schools," he said.  "I would love to visit Illinois, though."

Quick Scout:

Obasi notched over 950 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns as a junior.  Obasi shows great concentration when catching the ball in traffic and has a knack for making tough contested catches.  He's good in space but still needs to develop more speed to be able to pull away from defenders in the open field.

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