Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Pattonville QB Kaleb Eleby plans summer decision

St. Louis-area quarterback Kaleb Eleby has three new Division-I offers and breaks down his options and his decision-making process

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Kaleb Eleby isn't the highest-ranked quarterback in the Midwest, but the Pattonville (Mo.) signal caller certainly has the drive to reach his full potential.

Eleby participated in the Under-Armour All-America Camp on Sunday and again made his case as a power-five prospect.

“I definitely like coming to the camps,” said Eleby, who holds Illinois and Iowa State offers among a host of other Division-I offers. “I like to compete, and it keeps me sharp. My performance has been pretty good. I'm constantly getting better. I see one thing from the past camp and try to improve on it for this camp. That's what it's all about. I'm really focused on my senior year and winning more games. I feel like I'm improving and that I'm a good position.”

Eleby's biggest suitor, Illinois, already took one quarterback – Peoria High's Coran Taylor – but likely will take another signal caller in the Class of 2018. For the second time this month, Eleby competed with Taylor in quarterback drills (both participated at The Nike Opening in Lake Forest). Eleby doesn't have what most would call elite traits, but he is solid in all aspects and this spring has shown consistency in his performance and mechanics.

He said Taylor's commitment won't dissuade him from Illinois.

“I like competition,” Eleby said. “Competition is good. At the end of the day, the best man wins. So I feel like I could go in and with the work I put in, I should be good. There should be no worries.”

Eleby recently added offers from South Dakota, Toledo and Arkansas State. He said those three and Illinois are pushing hardest right now.

“It will be a good, tough decision to make,” Eleby said. “There should be some more (offers) on the way.”

What sticks out about Illinois?

“The Big Ten, being able to compete at the highest level,” Eleby said. “They need a quarterback. A couple guys from St. Louis committed there (in 2017), so it seems like a good fit.”

Eleby has visited Illinois multiple times. Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is evaluating all his quarterback options this spring to narrow his focus on who he wants to prioritize for the second signal caller. Eleby said the Illini staff has remained in constant contact.

“It's a group effort (by the Illinois staff),” Eleby said. “I really value that. We're still staying in touch and really want me to come. I really value that.”

Eleby said he wants to enter his senior season with his mind clear and focused, so expect a decision within the next few months.

“I kind of want to be decided by the end of the summer,” Eleby said. “We're going to go through the summer and see what happens and then let things play out. I'm not really trying to force anything, push anything. My main focus really is on my senior year, getting bigger, faster, stronger and getting better at my game. The rest will take care of itself.”

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