CHAMPAIGN — Gabe Megginson looked out of the large eighth floor windows at Memorial Stadium on Friday night into one of the most impressive views of Champaign.
Thousands of runners were congregated on the field below.
The same field the left tackle from Jacksonville will play his college football at.
Megginson delivered an oral commitment to Illinois coach Tim Beckman and his staff on Friday while the Presence Covenant Medical Center Illinois 5K was going on.
“I’ll be around the people I love, and they’ll treat me right,” Megginson said. “The recruits they have are great people, too. I want to play around them for my college career.”
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound left tackle is listed as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and 247sports.com and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Megginson is the third commit for Beckman in the Class of 2015, joining Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald and DeKalb running back Dre Brown.
Megginson made up his mind on Thursday, informing other coaches before he let Illinois know.
Megginson initially wanted to decide on his birthday, which is May 26, but decided to not hold off.
“I’m a month and a day early,” he said with a smile, “but I couldn’t wait.”