Two high schools are in the Wheaton (Ill.) Community School District No. 200.
Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North.
The former western suburban Chicago high school has had two quarterbacks play at Illinois in the last decade (Reilly O'Toole and Jon Beutjer).
The latter might produce a quarterback in the Class of 2014 who could possibly follow in their footsteps.
Wheaton North junior quarterback Clayton Thorson.
lllinois is one of nine offers the 6-foot-4-inch, 190-pound Thorson has.
Along with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, North Carolina State, Penn State and Toledo have all offered scholarships to Thorson.
North Carolina State came into the picture after former NIU head coach Dave Doeren went to coach the Wolfpack.
"Most of my offers have been in the Big Ten right now, but I'd be willing to go out of there," Thorson said. "Wherever fits me best. I'm kind of wide open right now and just looking around. I don't have any favorites at this point."
Thorson and Wheaton North went 10-2 his junior season, advancing to the Class 7A state quarterfinals before losing 3-0 to eventual state champion Glenbard West during a rain-soaked playoff game.
Thorson will most likely run the Falcons' offense all of his senior season after he split time his junior season with senior quarterback Johnny Peltz, who will play at Wheaton College.
Thorson completed 32-of-44 passes for 401 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with catching 36 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns out of Wheaton North's offense last season, which relies heavily on the spread and pistol.
"I want to find the offense that fits me well," Thorson said about his college choice. "I'd like to think of myself as a pass-first guy, but if the play breaks down, I feel I can make a play with my feet. Obviously, the academic side of things is important, too. I want to go to a good academic school. Overall campus lifestyle and the direction their program is heading (are important, too)."
Thorson — who plans to major in business or economics — said he doesn't have a timeline on when he'll make his decision.
New Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit came to Wheaton last week for a visit, with another visit set to take place this week as well.
Former Illinois assistant coaches Luke Butkus and Chris Beatty were the primary contacts Thorson had with the Illinois staff before Beatty was fired and Butkus left the program.
Thorson said the departure of those two assistant coaches won't have any sway on if he picks Illinois or not.
"They're interested in me, and I'm interested in them as well," Thorson said of Illinois. "It seems like their new offensive coordinator had a good system at Western Michigan, and it seems like he'll be able to help their offense next year."
Thorson did not visit Champaign-Urbana last fall, but has attended camps at Illinois the last two summers.
"I haven't gotten overwhelmed with (the recruiting process) yet," Thorson said. "I know some guys do, but you can't get caught up in that. I just try to take it step-by-step.