One on One With Nathan Scheelhasse
Since your commitment to Illinois what's it been like for you? Have you still received other interest from schools?
I received a couple calls yesterday. I don't think they were calling to recruit me still. They were just calling to congratulate me on my game the other day that was on TV.
Nathan what were your thoughts on the Illinois vs. Missouri game?
It was a very exciting game especially as an offensive player. I think Illinois' offense looks very promising. It's a system I can see myself fitting into. Juice had a big game, that's always good. The good thing as a QB is seeing what kind of system you're going to walk into. I think it was a real promising game. I think Illinois has something they need to work on but you have to give Missouri a lot of credit they played a great game. It was a fun game to watch if you're a fan of college football. I really enjoyed watching Illinois. They stayed in it the whole time; they never gave up even though they were down three touchdowns they stayed in it.
You decided to pick Illinois over a lot of great college football programs, if not Illinois who was a close second? (Other candidates for Nathan included Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Oklahoma).
It's funny you say that, a lot of people ask me that. I guess once you get a number one you're not really worried about a number two or three. Once you make that firm decision on a school there is no other option. That's how good and strong I felt about Illinois. All the schools were a good opportunity. Illinois was my number one and everyone else was kind of grouped behind them.
Nathan was it Ron Zook, the school, the system or the players that helped you with your decision?
Definitely a combination of all of that. We had a big evaluation sheet prepared for each of the schools. We filled them all out at the end of the day. When I closed my eyes I just saw myself being at Illinois. I have a real good relationship with the coaches; that's very important to me you have to feel comfortable with the guys that will be like family to you, because we'll be together day in and day out. I liked hanging out with the players. I got to see a lot of the incoming freshman and meet some of the current players. I got to meet Juice and Eddie they both made me feel like I was a home. And obviously as QB you want to see why kind of offense you're going into to make sure it works with your style. What Illinois runs fits my style it fits perfectly.
When do you plan to go back for a visit?
I think for two games, the Minnesota and Indiana games. I think they're both in October and two weeks we don't have a Saturday early morning film session. That won't be my official; I plan to take that sometime after my season is over.
Thanks Nathan and good luck the rest of the season. We'll be calling you to get updates your games.
Thanks that sounds great. I'll be looking forward to your call.
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