Chris Boles committed to Illinois Tuesday. The star offensive lineman for Toledo Central Catholic in Ohio called his recruiting coach Joe Gilbert with the news. He felt it was the best program for him.
"They have a lot of things I'm looking for. I like the distance from home, it's a good program in the Big 10, it's in a good city. It's a pretty campus. I liked the stadium, and the facilities are real nice. Everything is pretty nice, and I liked everything about it."
Boles traveled to the area last weekend, but not as an unofficial visitor.
"I came there last weekend, but I wasn't there for the university. I was there for a basketball tournament."
Joe Gilbert is both his recruiting coach and his future offensive line coach. They established a good relationship through the recruiting process.
"I really like Coach Gilbert. He's really cool. I liked him a lot."
The 6'-4", 315 pounder believes he will play on the interior line at Illinois.
"I think they want me to play offensive guard. This year, I'm playing left tackle for my high school team. Last year I played guard."
What are his best attributes as a lineman?
"Probably my feet. And my strong legs and butt. I have good balance."
Central Catholic had an excellent season, and there is every reason to believe this year will be at least as good.
"Last year we were 9-3. We lost in the second round of the playoffs. We should do pretty good this year. We've got our whole offensive line back, our running back and receivers. We just lost our quarterback and a lot of people off our defense."
Boles picked Illinois over offers from Syracuse, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Memphis and a number of others.