Detroit Cass Tech safety Delano Hill joined his head coach and two teammates on a trip to Illinois this past weekend. The trio walked out of that visit with an offer, and Hill realized a new level of interest in the program.
"It was fun down there," Hill said. "Their staff was real cool and they seemed like a good program to hang around and be part of.
"It was good news when we got the offer. I didn't really know if I was going to get it or not."
Illinois head coach Tim Beckman offered Hill along with Cass Tech defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs and offensive tackle Dennis Finley at the same time during a meeting in his office. Having an opportunity to continue his career with his teammates definitely interests Hill.
"It's always good to have someone you know and played with before go to school with you," Hill said. "They have a real good chance of me going there."
The offer from Illinois was Hill's second of the process. Iowa had previously offered, and Hill plans a trip to Iowa City later this month with his head coach and Gibbs.
"I think that is next week. If not next week, then the week after that, but I know it is in March," Hill said. "I've been talking to the Iowa coaches a lot and we're real cool. I feel good about them and can't wait to check out their facilities when we get down there."
Hill also made a recent unofficial visit to Michigan State. The Spartans have shown early interest in the Detroit native, but have not yet offered.
"We went to the basketball game and had fun," Hill said of the Michigan State trip. "They just want me to come back down there for a spring practice or a game."
Wisconsin is the latest team to start picking up their interest in the 6-1, 190-pound Hill. Several talks have taken place recently between the two parties, and Wisconsin coaches have expressed interest in Hill visiting for a spring practice.