Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Pattonville QB Kaleb Eleby throws in front of Illini coaches at Lindenwood camp

Pattonville QB Kaleb Eleby had another chancer to impress Illini coaches on Friday at the Lindenwood camp

ST. CHARLES, MO. -- Kaleb Eleby has an Illinois offer. The Pattonville (Mo.) quarterback also has a ton of interest in the Illini. But for some reason, the marriage hasn't happened -- yet.

Illinois apparently wanted to see a little more of Eleby -- despite Eleby's numerous visits to Champaign -- so he obliged by participating in Friday's camp at Lindenwood University near St. Louis.

"It was good," Eleby told Illini Inquirer. "Same thing. Business is business. I just come out and do what I do. Nothing has changed."

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Illinois has one quarterback commit in the Class of 2018 (Peoria's Coran Taylor) but will take at least one more. Eleby appears to desire that spot. But Illinois also appears to be sifting through its options, including Texas quarterback Alan Bowman (who is scheduled to visit this week) and Memphis quarterback Woodrow 'Trey' Lowe.

"They still talking to me and still showing interest," Eleby said. "That's pretty much it. They're not really pushing it, but they're still talking to me. They're not saying, 'Wait,' or anything like that. It's on me."

Eleby had another fine performance in front of Illini offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and head coach Lovie Smith. He may not flash many elite physical traits. He's 6-foot-1 and doesn't have a rocket arm. But he is extremely consistent, very skilled and athletic. He throws a consistently accurate ball, including on the run,  and delivers the ball with precise timing and touch.

"I thought I did pretty good," Eleby said. "Very consistent completions. I still got some things to work on. Every time you see me, I got some things to work on."

While Illinois contemplates its move on Eleby, other schools are pursuing Eleby.

"I'm picking up a lot more interest," Eleby said. "Western Michigan is picking up interest in me. I went there last week for a visit. I really enjoyed it. Indiana's showing interest. Colorado State's showing interest. It's a lot of schools that are really showing interest. It's just about getting time to go visit the schools and looking for the right fit."

Eleby originally planned to make a decision in July.

"If anything changes, I'll definitely let you know," Eleby said. "But right now, it's just kind of going with the flow kind of thing. Just going with the flow. Nothing more. Nothing less."

Eleby understandably could be frustrated with the process. But he continues to control what he can control. On Friday, that involved putting in work -- and another consistently impressive performance -- in front of the Illini coaches.

"I really wanted to come up here," Eleby said. "Coach McGee said he wanted to see me throw and throw in front of Coach Smith live and let them see. They normally don't get to see me throw live, so today was big. Hopefully they liked what they saw."


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