In the past couple weeks, Westport (Conn.) Staples offensive tackle Ryan Sedlacek added his first offer. Who did the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder pick up the scholarship from?
"I got offered by Illinois about a week and a half ago," he said. "I really like Illinois. I like coach Zook, he's a real nice guy and has had a lot of success at different programs. I also like that his recruiting classes are up there with the best of them."
Sedlacek picked up the offer from the Illini during a trip to Champaign recently.
"I went to spring practice and got a tour of the facilities and stuff," he said. "They looked good. The linemen were big and fast and I like the offense they run. I talked to coach Sims and Wolford. Coach Wolford text messages me every day about how much they'd love to have me there and stuff. I also did talk to coach Zook. He's a great guy that is funny. It was actually pretty weird because my freshman offensive line coach went to Cincinnati and was offered by coach Zook too."
Illinois isn't the only school recruiting the Northeast lineman.
"I'm getting interest from Purdue, Kansas State, Penn State, Florida and Notre Dame," he said. "Purdue and Kansas State seem close to offering. They both have seen my highlight tape and liked it. They say if my game tape is the same they'll offer."
Meanwhile, Sedlacek took a trip to Connecticut this past weekend.
"I went to UConn on Saturday," he said. "It was a good trip and very informative. I talked to coach Edsall and the rest of the staff. I'm surprised they haven't offered, but they are being meticulous and will do so later. I'm glad they are at least honest with me about it."
Currently approximately a half dozen schools are leading for the lineman's signature.
"Illinois is sticking out because they are the first to offer me," he said. "I really like Penn State, Florida, Boston College, Connecticut and Purdue too. They are all really good academic schools with solid football. That is what I'm looking for in a school and I do want to commit before my senior season if I can so that recruiting isn't a distraction."
Sedlacek plans to attend the upcoming Nike Camp at Rutgers along with senior camps at Penn State, Connecticut and Boston College.
He earned first team all-conference, all-division, all-area and all-state as a junior.