Northern Illinois, Oregon and Ohio State were all in serious discussion for a BCS bowl game last November.
Illinois was just fighting for a chance at a bowl game, which ultimately did not come.
All four schools, according to highly-regarded right tackle Quinn Oseland, are recruiting him the hardest.
So, what the Class of 2015 prospect from Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin who has seen his recruitment skyrocket this offseason is saying is that Illinois has a chance.
Yes, even with his offer list featuring Arizona State, Bowling Green, California, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Oregon, Syracuse, Toledo, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming, along with the Illini, it appears Tim Beckman's program is in solid standing with the offensive lineman.
"I really haven't decided when I will make a decision yet," said Oseland, who plans to take in the practice Illinois will have this Friday evening at SHG's home field. "Probably will just do it when the time feels right. I'm very excited about the practice. It will be very cool to see, and I'm sure it will go great. We have outstanding facilities that are basically brand new."
Oseland plays right tackle at SHG, which won a Class 5A state title last November, and protects the blind side of standout quarterback Gabe Green, who is left-handed.
He's open to playing either left or right tackle in college, and his 6-foot-6, 307-pound frame, along with his footwork, is what have college coaches staying in frequent touch with Oseland.
"They're (selling) their relationship with me," Oseland said. "They are in contact with me a lot and are always telling me it would be great to have me."