Jersey LB/S Enjoys Lexington

New Jersey's Jonathan Casillas visited Illinois in September and he'll visit Wisconsin next week. Find out where Casillas is this weekend and which school has the inside track for his services.

I switched things up a little bit," said Jonathan Casillas.

"I'm going to Connecticut this weekend instead of Wisconsin. I'm going to Wisconsin next weekend for my official visit.

"I visited Kentucky last week and I visited Illinois in September."

Casillas, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from New Brunswick (N.J.) Senior is a three-year starting outside linebacker. He also started at wide receiver and tight end the past two seasons.

Casillas says he's being recruited as an athlete and doesn't have a preference on which side of the ball he plays in college.

Does Casillas still have his Illinois scholarship offer? Does he have a leader?

"Coach (Harry) Heistand called me and told me that I still have a place at Illinois. Coach (Ron) Zook seems like a good person.

"He comes from a winning program and I'm sure he'll take that to Illinois with him. Coach Zook is accustomed to the pressure of big time football and competition.

Casillas enjoyed his official to Illinois and his much more recent trip to Kentucky. Each visit defied preconceived notions, particularly Kentucky. He had expected a rural environment and was pleasantly surprised to discover Lexington, Ken., and its urban landscape.

"He had a lot of fun at Kentucky," Casillas' coach said. "He didn't really know what to expect, but I know he enjoyed himself very much. He asked a lot of questions and discovered a lot about the school. They are definitely one of his top choices."

The team to beat however is Wisconsin.

"Right now though, I'd have to say my leader is Wisconsin," Cassillas said. "I like the Badgers because they constantly compete for the championship in the Big Ten and I love their stadium."

Casillas had 90 tackles and 15 sacks in 2004. He has offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, U Conn, Kentucky and Akron.

Penn State and Rutgers are starting to call on a regular basis and could end up getting an official visit from Casillas.


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