- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
CLEVES, Ohio -- Illinois saw something in Jauan Wesley (Harvey, Ill./Thornton) many more Big Ten programs are starting to see.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Wesley has put in strong performances at Core 6 events in Chicago and Cincinnati the last few weeks, placing as one of the top receivers at each event. Illinois offered him in January before the two Core 6 events.
Wesley keeps in contact with Illini assistant Steve Clinkscale often, and he recently visited Champaign.
“It’s starting to feel like another home away from home,” he said. “Everyone is pretty down to earth.”
Purdue will host Wesley for a visit this coming weekend for a junior day, and Wesley is planning to call the Michigan staff this week about a potential visit.
“I talked to Michigan a couple of weeks ago,” Wesley said. “They said they like my highlight tape and they’re going to stay in contact.”
Wesley’s brother, Jalen Banks, signed with Vanderbilt as a member of the Commodores’ 2013 class. Banks had several suitors, and he is helping Wesley navigate the process.
“We talk about it,” Wesley said. “[Banks said] ‘Only one school really counts once you accept the offer and make sure it’s a good school you want to go to and feel comfortable and can have fun at.’ ”