Washington (D.C.) Dunbar athlete Nathan Bussey gave his commitment to Illinois on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder is excited to join the Illini and discussed why he is heading to Champaign.
"I actually talked to the coaches on Friday and they were pumped," he said. "They asked me if I was sure and I told them I'm positive. Coach Locksley then told me to call coach Zook. Then the next day, they beat Michigan State and I called coach Locksley back and he told me my commitment helped them win and was a big joy for the team."
The relationship developed with Illinois played a big factor in Bussey's decision.
"They had been recruiting me since 10th grade," he said. "I have gone to their camps off and on working out at defensive back and quarterback up there. When I was there, I just felt at home.
"I was there on my official a couple weeks ago and I really started to look at the divisions and where I can play on the field. I saw that I can do a lot for them and I was happy to see a few other players from D.C. on the team too. Overall it just felt like home to me, it felt like Dunbar with the coaches, players and environment."
The coaches played a big factor in Illinois landing the three-star prospect too.
"Coach Zook and Locksley really stood out," he said. "As I said, coach Locksley has been recruiting me since 10th grade and he was serious about getting me to their program. I also like his personality. He'll tell you what you're doing wrong and fix it to get you to do it right.
"I like coach Zook too. He is calm and cool on the sideline whether they are winning or losing. He's a straight up guy and a very nice person."
As for his position, the Illini are looking at the No. 44 athlete to play safety once he arrives in Illinois.
"They are looking at me to play free safety," he said. "I'm open-minded and will play whatever they need of me. The coaches did discuss playing time as well and said I'll come in and if I work hard there's a sport for me."
Bussey is glad to be committed to Illinois.
"I'm excited about my commitment," he said. "Tell the fans I'm on my way. If they don't know who I am, they'll know once I get there."