Illinois was the first power-five program to offer Woodrow "Trey" Lowe. But the Illini now have high-major company in their recruitment of the Bolivar (Tenn.) Central three-star quarterback.
West Virginia extended an offer last week.
"I was excited to get the offer," Lowe said. "They like me, and they think I fit in their system. West Virginia is great program, and I can see myself fitting in their system as well."
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital visited Bolivar to watch Lowe and hand out the offer.
"The coaches seem to do a great job utilizing their talent and the program seems to have a strong culture and tradition," Lowe said.
Illinois may have a commitment from Peoria three-star quarterback Coran Taylor, but the Illini want another play-making quarterback to the Class of 2018 and continue to make Lowe one of their top priorities at the position.
Illinois offensive coordinator Garrick McGee recently swung through Tennessee to visit Lowe.
"He came down to watch me practice and talked to my coaches," Lowe said. "Illinois is still one of my favorite visits because the entire staff made me feel like I was a part of the program. I also feel like my relationship with Coach McGee is pretty good.
"Coach McGee is proven coach and has done a great job with the QBs he has coached in the past. He is also very knowledgeable about the game. He has sold me on how he can utilize my talent and make me a better QB."
Lowe, who has 10 scholarship offers said Memphis and Southern Miss also stick out early in his recruitment "because of my relationship with their coaching staff."
Mississippi State, Indiana and Arkansas State also are showing interest.