Arkansas Receiver Finalizes Illini Commitment

With signing day only a couple of weeks away, recruits are making their last visits before deciding where they'll continue their football careers. Spencer Harris visited Illinois this weekend and liked what he saw. The Arkansas native committed to Illinois.

Spencer Harris, the wide receiver from Greenwood High School, took an official visit to Illinois this weekend. His parents also came up for the visit.

"We flew in Friday," Harris described. "They picked me up at the airport and we drove to the hotel . All of the coaches were in the lobby to meet me. We talked and visited for a while. Then we all went out to eat.

"After that, we walked around the stadium a little bit. We hung out after that. On Saturday, it was the same kind of deal with a lot of touring going on.

"I hung out with Jarred Fayson, my host, Saturday night. We hung out and talked. Today, we got up and ate breakfast and toured some more. We toured the suites, and they're extremely nice. It'll be a great atmosphere to play in.

"We toured the indoor facilities, and they're excellent. The weight room is outstanding. The renovations turned out really nice. After that, I committed."

Besides the athletic facilities, Harris got a chance to tour the campus and visit academic staff members to get a glimpse of the fantastic education Illinois offers its students.

"I got to talk to the academic counselors. I told them what I wanted to major in. Illinois has a great academic program."

During the visit, Harris got the chance to learn more about his future coaches.

"I talked to all the coaches, both offensive and defensive. There was only one other recruit there so I got a lot of attention. Even coach Zook was with us all the time. We were all just getting to know each other.''

Harris met a future classmate in addition to the other visiting prospect.

"I talked to Miles Simpson (the other visiting recruit) from Kentucky. He said he was going to take some other visits. I also got to meet Chandler Whitmer (Illini quarterback recruit now on campus). He went out with us to dinner, and he's a very nice guy."

Harris was originally scheduled to visit next weekend, but decided to move it up.

"I was just ready to make a decision. I was ready to get it over with. I had already seen what the other schools had to offer, and I wanted to see what Illinois had for me. I fell in love with the school and the people there. I'm done with my recruitment. The next step is Signing Day. I'm set on Illinois."

Before he can get to Illinois, Harris has to complete his senior basketball season and his final semester of high school.

"When I get done with my basketball season, I'll get back into my high school offseason program. We've got a great offseason program. I want to get back into football shape before I head up in the summer."

Harris's basketball team is doing well.

"Right now, we're tied for first in the conference. We're playing a game next week to decide who remains in first place. We're doing great so far, and we're coming on strong as the season progresses."

New offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has had his eye on Harris for a long time now. With the Greenwood product now in the fold, Petrino will get his chance to mold Harris into a high-caliber receiver.


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