"He told me about the offer and said he liked my highlight tape and showed it to the whole staff and they said to offer me. I'll be making a visit there for their Junior Day on the 9-th of March and I'm real excited about getting over there."
For Odenigbo the offer from Illinois is big in several ways.
"Right now Illinois is my first Big Ten offer," explained Odenigbo. "They have been one of my favorite schools since I was a kid. I was born in Decatur, Illinois and my dad got his masters degree at Illinois.
"I've been like a lifelong fan and have watched all their games since I was a kid. I'm a huge football and basketball fan too. So it's really weird getting an offer from the school you grew up watching and no matter what schools I get offers from, Illinois will be in my top three."
Odenigbo knows others may not share his passion for the Illini, however, he's not worried about it.