Dean Arendt made two visits to Illinois in recent weeks and the 6-foot-0, 230-pound fullback and linebacker prospect says things are going well with the Illini.
"I like it a lot. They seem to like me. They want me at camp and I'm going to go to some spring practices. They're recruiting me as a power back-fullback position, maybe try me out on a little defense at linebacker."
Then Arendt went over to Bloomington, where his situation is similar to the one at Illinois.
"Pretty much the same, we want to see you at camp and see you at spring practice because them and Illinois run the same kind of offense, they spread it out a little bit but they still like to use a little bit of fullback."
Arendt hopes to visit Minnesota and Iowa next and continues to be in contact with other programs.
"I've been getting a lot from MAC schools, been trying to work it hard, trying to get my first offer so I've been calling MAC schools every day."
Of those schools, he says Buffalo seems most interested.
Over the summer, he hopes to be busy on the camp circuit to continue his quest for scholarship offers.
"I'm definitely going to Big Ten camps. I might wind up going down to Georgia Tech and hit up some MAC schools for sure. Anywhere that uses a fullback or is thinking about an offer is where I'm looking to go. I might even go down to Tennessee."
Whether it is fullback, tailback, linebacker or special teams, Arendt is not closing himself off to any possibilities.
"I'm definitely open to playing wherever. A lot of schools like that I long-snap also."
Currently, he is working on the skills he needs to impress at those camps.
"Speed for sure. When I went to the U.S. Army Combine, I ran a 4.8 laser on my forty and I'm really trying to get it down so people don't think I'm a pure fullback."