Nick Marozas took an unofficial visit to Illinois on Saturday.
"I liked it," Marozas said of his junior-day visit. "All the coaches and staff were really welcoming. They're probably one of my favorite staffs."
Marozas got a closer look at how Illinois head coach Lovie Smith and offensive line coach Luke Butkus run a practice.
"O-line wise, they really play it simple," Marozas said. "They really emphasize that, 'We're going to block it right. Everyone else doesn't block it the same way we block it, which is the right way.'"
Marozas went on a tour of the Illinois campus, walked through the facilities and had a position meeting with the Illini staff. He also spent some one-on-one time with Butkus.
"I talk to Coach Butkus all the time," Marozas said. "I didn't really get to talk to Lovie a lot when I was there, but I talked to Coach Butkus a lot. We talked about him a little bit, and then we talked about football and blocking and how they block the right way. He told me he'd keep coming down to my school and keep in contact with me."
Marozas already holds several MAC offers, including Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Buffalo and Ball State. He received an offer from Minnesota's previous staff as well.
"It was my first from the Big Ten," Marozas said. "So it really opens up your eyes a lot."
Marozas is familiar with new Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck, who recruited Marozas when he was at Western Michigan.
"I love Coach Fleck," Marozas said. "I love the energy he brings. I talked to him a lot when he was at Western Michigan. I haven't talked to him much now since he's been at Minnesota. But I love seeing the staff. The way they do their practices, the way they run their team, it's really something to see."
Marozas plans to visit Iowa on March 5 as well and may plan other spring visits elsewhere.
"Basically, I like living in a city, well maybe not a city but I don't like living in cornfields. It's not something I like," Marozas said. "Then I want a place where the coaches are welcoming and make me feel like part of the team, part of the family."