The No. 1 player in the state of Missouri, defensive end Adrian Clayborn just got back from his first unofficial visit to Illinois and it seems like the first one out of the gate went well.
Though his offer list includes Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Texas Tech, and Nebraska, the 6-foot-3, 247-pound defender decided it was time to get his first visit out of the way to check out Illinois. His first unofficial visit also has a top four out in the open.
"I would say it moves them up a bit on my list," Clayborn said. "The coaches were great, coach Ron Zook was really nice, and my mom seemed to like them. I didn't know much about them, but know I do and they're up there."
Article Continues Below
Illinois joins Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas Tech in the top four for the talented Rivals100 member. However, he is not leaning anywhere specifically in that group.
That visit also looks to be the only one before official visits begin in the fall.
"I probably won't see any more before my official visits," Clayborn said. "With those, I'll know I'll make one to Missouri and one to Illinois. I don't know about the others just yet."
There is no telling when a decision could come, but a few visits will be in the books before the time comes.
"After a few officials, I hope to have a good idea of how I feel about each school so I can decide," Clayborn said.
The in-state school has been involved with his athletic growth since he began high school. Clayborn agreed that there is an advantage for the Tigers.
"I would say so because I've been there more times than I can count on two hands," he said. "Through football and basketball camps, I've been around those coaches for many years."
Clayborn is rated as the No. 5 strongside defensive end in the nation.