At 5'11, 185-lbs with good speed, Oak Park River Forest's Jamal Baggett is quickly rising. Having already picked up an offer from North Dakota last month, he added Western Michigan to the list on a weekend visit.
"The program is having a culture change," he said. "It's a family based atmosphere. They have a great coaching staff and you can feel the energy there and with Coach Fleck as well. Western Michigan also has great academics along with athletics."
The Broncos may have more competition for Baggett soon as there are a number of other interested programs.
"I've visited Northern Illinois, Illinois, and Purdue and I plan on going back to Illinois' spring practice and Northern Illinois. The interest level with Illinois is pretty high actually. I've been receiving letters and interest. They like that I'm physical, can cover one on one, my speed and I can return kicks and run the ball."
The same goes for Purdue, where the Boilermakers are also continuing to recruit the Illinois cover man.
"My Purdue visit went very well. Their facilities are great and they have a great coaching staff as well. We spoke and I had a great time. They've been staying in contact. We stayed in touch and I hope to keep it going."
Baggett has played running back, safety and returned kicks, but says most schools see him as a cornerback, noting his speed and physicality. Last season, he had 33 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception.
This season, he hopes to improve on those marks while helping his team make a deep run, and he is looking to get the distractions of recruiting out of the way before then.
"I've been talking with my family and we want to try to wait until Summer's out and come up with a decision before August. As of now, that's what we were thinking of, so late August or early August, somewhere in there."