Mika'il McCall Pondering Illini Offer

For all the ups and downs Illinois has had in the past decade, the running game has remained strong. From Pierre Thomas and Rashard Mendenhall of past years to Mikel Leshoure and Jason Ford on this year's Fighting Illini team, Illini running backs have left a mark on the conference. Illinois is hoping Mika'il McCall will continue the legacy.

Thornridge Falcon running back Mika'il McCall made the trip down from the Chicago area last month.

"Illinois has been recruiting me since mid to late last season. They've been sending me mail and staying in contact. I visited the campus for the spring game last month. When I got there, I met the running backs coach [DeAndre Smith]. He was impressed with my speed, and I received an offer while I was there."

The Fighting Illini are one of five schools to offer the 6'-0", 215 pound back.

"I've got offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Michigan State, and Minnesota. Some other schools interested are Nebraska, Michigan, Ball State, and a few other MAC schools."

Illinois was one of four schools McCall visited during the spring.

"I've visited Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Northern Illinois. I'm still working on setting up camp visits, but I hope to make it to Nebraska."

McCall will continue to take visits during the upcoming season to learn as much as he can about the schools recruiting him.

"I want to take all of my official visits before I make a decision. If possible, I hope to announce my decision during one of the all-star games next year.

I'm looking for the school that is best for me and offers a good health program. I'd like to major in something health related, like sports medicine."

McCall's explosive speed highlights his talents.

"My speed is the best part of my game, but I've worked at it for a long time and gotten faster over the years. I still want to improve chopping my steps and making quick cuts so that I become quicker."

The Falcon star helped lead his team to an impressive beginning last fall before it all fell apart.

"We were 4-0 to start the season, but things went downhill from there. People stopped coming to practice amongst other things. We lost five games in a row after that. We expect to be better this year and make the playoffs."

McCall is one of a group of experienced starters returning.

"We have most of our starters back from last year. We have summer workouts and then training camp in the fall to prepare ourselves for the season. I'm working out on my own as well to get better."

In the meantime, McCall has been busy with track and field.

"I run the long jump, triple jump, the 100, and the 4 X 100."


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