- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Matt Domer said he is most like teenagers his age. He wants to get as far away from home as possible.
Or at least he did. But then the Chicago Mount Carmel running back visited Illinois on Sunday, and now the 2014 prospect is considering staying a little closer to the Windy City following an offer from the Illini.
“Before getting down I had my mind set like I’m not trying to stay in-state. I wanted to go out like any average kid,” Domer said, “but when I got down [to Illinois] I was going around and really enjoying what I was seeing. Before I had no thoughts on staying in-state, but this made a big difference.”
Fighting Illini freshman Vontrell Williams played with Domer at Mt. Carmel a season ago, and Williams showed Domer around the facilities and campus Saturday. Williams told Illini coach Tim Beckman all about Domer, so when Beckman and the 2014 running back spoke, Beckman said he already believed Domer was the kind of person the Illini are looking for.
Much like Domer, many of the state’s top prospects have been set on leaving the state of Illinois in the past. The Illini struggled to land the state’s top talent in 2013.
“Everybody in Chicago, they don’t get recruited highly but it’s starting to pick up. But we’re all leaving,” Domer said. “He said he believes if we stay home and great players like Aaron Bailey all came to Illinois they’d have a great start to a new beginning.”
The Illini are the second offer for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound ball carrier, whose first offer came from Northern Illinois.
Although nothing is set, Domer hopes to visit Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State soon.
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