Gurnee (Ill.) Warren Township product Caleb Reams stands by his recent verbal commitment to Western Michigan. Still, the 6-foot-3, 225 pound tight end picked up two new offers on Tuesday.
Illinois was at Warren and extended an offer, followed later in the day by Northern Illinois.
"It's my first Big Ten offer, so it's a really cool offer to get," Reams said about the offer from the Illini. "It's a great academic school. I might go there to visit, but I don't know yet for sure."
Along with the Illini and NIU offers, Reams said he is hearing from a handful of other schools and expects even more interest this spring.
"I've heard from Central Michigan, and I'm supposed to hear from Arizona, Wisconsin, and Purdue soon," Reams said. "I take every school under consideration, but I'm still committed to Western Michigan."
Tight end is a position of need for Illinois in the class of 2015 with Matt LaCosse and Jon Davis entering their senior season this fall.
Reams said the Illini see him as a threat in their passing game and a player who can line up with his hand on the ground, or in the slot.
Other offers so far for Reams include Colgate and Toledo. Illinois hasn't been on him for very long, but the staff is making up ground.
"Coach Golesh - the tight ends coach - came into the school today," Reams said. "I've known Coach Golesh from about a month and a half and we have talked a little bit. Our relationship is starting to build."