The first week of the spring evaluation period is here and the Illinois coaching staff made a statement to the in-state high school football programs.
Illini WR commit Mike Dudek is one of many prospects to receive a visit from the Illinois staff this week.
Before heading outside The Prairie State borders, Illini assistant coaches scattered across the state visiting the schools of offered prospects and potential targets.
Beckman and company currently have three commits in the class-of-2014 including two from the home state in center Nick Allegretti and receiver Mike Dudek. Both saw an Illini coach at the school on Tuesday.
A look at many other prospects that received a visit from the Illini staff.
-Chicago (Ill.) Marist teammates in Top247 tight end Nic Weishar and class-of-2015 receiver Flynn Nagel. Nagel has already visited the Illini a couple times and the BCS prospect is excited about Illinois early in the process.
-Lombard (Ill.) Montini Catholic linebacker Nile Sykes has a scholarship from Illinois and the Illini are in his early top three along with Iowa State and Indiana.
-Illinois is one of the top schools for offered Jacksonville (Ill.) High tight end Blake Hance.
Illinois would like to see LB Nile Sykes sign on to be part of the 2014 recruiting class.
-Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel teammates in running back Matt Domer and defensive linemen Enoch Smith Jr. and Steven Richardson. Domer and Smith Jr. have the offers from Beckman and have Illinois among their leaders. Smith Jr. is also high on Michigan State and Notre Dame while Domer has the Illini and Boston College out in front.
-Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame running back Chris James is looking at his offer from Illinois, although Michigan State and Pittsburgh have set the bar early.
-Illinois was at Harvey (Ill.) Thornton Township, home of offered receiver Jauan Wesley.
-Other notable prospects to see an Illinois coach on Tuesday or Wednesday includes five-star linebacker Clifton Garrett, Top247 running back Justin Jackson, four-star tight end Daniel Helm, Hinsdale Central teammates Ian Bunting and Brian Allen and linebacker Kyron Watson and his East St. Louis teammates Missouri safety commit Greg Taylor and talented 2015 defensive end Terry Beckner Jr.