Illinois has to be happy that Kievan Myers made the long trip up to Champaign, along with four-star 2019 teammate Marquez Beason and 2020 wide receiver Zurich Beason. That's a sign that the Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne offensive lineman has real interest in the Illini.
"I just wanted to see the campus, see what's going on up here," Myers told Illini Inquirer.
Myers arrived on Friday, toured the Illinois campus and spent time with the coaches.
"They're perfect," Myers said. "I can relate to them. First, they have NFL experience. Second, they've been at this level and they know what they're doing."
Myers -- whose lead recruiter is Illinois receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker -- also watched the Illini's Friday Night Lights camp. He spent a long time chatting with freshman offensive lineman Larry Boyd, who just arrived on campus. Like Boyd, Illinois is hoping Myers will pass up other power-five programs to help Illinois rebuild the offensive line.
"Larry's cool," Myers said. "He kept it real with me. He told me what was up. He told me what to expect. He told me it's a good place to be."
Illinois has made Myers a priority and made his top-15 list that he released earlier this month.
"They're in my top-15, so I just wanted to come up here and see what's up," Myers said. "So far, I love Illinois."
Myers will visit Washington later this month. He said he wants to make a decision on December 28. A this time, a couple schools are standing out.
"Missouri, Texas Tech, Colorado and Illinois," Myers said.