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Illini pushing hard for 3-star St. Louis WR Cameron Brown

Christian Brothers College wide receiver Cameron Brown showed off his speed Sunday at The Opening regional in Chicago, proving why Illinois has made him a priority

Cameron Brown said his recruitment has slowed down, but he sure hasn't.

The St. Louis Christian Brothers College three-star wide receiver is burning it up on the track this spring, running the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x100 relay.

"I'm hoping to get under a 10.5 in the 100 and run the 200 below a 22," Brown told Illini Inquirer. "It helps with football because some people can't guard me because I'm faster. It helps me with open field moves and stuff like that."

Brown showed off his speed and athleticism Sunday at Nike's The Opening regional at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. Brown finished with the 10th highest Nike football rating -- he testing measures overall athleticism -- among the hundreds of campers in attendance, including the fourth highest rating among wide receivers.

"Just a great environment going against some of the top people in the nation and just grinding out with them," Brown said.

Brown has put recruiting on the back burner the past few months to focus on track, but he'll be a popular prospect once the evaluation period opens next week and coaches scatter across the country to meet with recruiting targets.

Brown, who said he doesn't plan to take any visits until the fall, currently holds 11 power-five scholarship offers. But when asked about his recruitment, he singled out one school.

"Illinois has been recruiting me pretty hard," Brown said. "They're trying to get into St. Louis."

Led by assistant Thad Ward, the Illini are trying to make a splash in St. Louis just one year after landing three-star prospects Larry Boyd and Tony Adams out of the city. Brown has visited campus multiple times already and has a growing comfort with the staff.

"I think it's a great coaching environment," Brown said. "They have great players who go there probably because of Lovie Smith. The players say he's a great coach, and he wants you to get to the next level. Hopefully he can get you there in the future."

The Illini will hit St. Louis hard to start the evaluation period. Brown certainly will get plenty of attention from the staff.

"They just tell me I should come there," Brown said. "It's a great school. They're rebuilding right now. Maybe it'll take two or three years to get where they want to be, but they're on the right path."

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