Chase Haslett, a quarterback who camped with Illinois this past summer, has accepted an offer to attend the UI as a preferred walkon with a promise of a scholarship beginning second semester. He joins Reilly O'Toole as the second quarterback the Illini will bring in this year.
"They're going to redshirt me," Haslett states. "I leave June 8th. I'll be there with the freshmen taking summer school classes. I'll be competing up there. I'm excited really. It should be fun."
Haslett let the coaches know of his decision a couple nights ago, and they were excited to bring another quarterback into the fold.
"I talked to Coach (Jeff) Brohm and Coach (Ron) Zook, and they're all excited."
Haslett did have offers from schools like Tennessee Martin among others, but the path for Haslett ended up ultimately leading to Illinois.
"When some of the smaller 1-AA teams thought I was committed to Illinois a while back they backed off, and I waited too long for some of them to commit to them. So it ended up coming down to Illinois. But that's where I was looking the entire time anyway."
Haslett was able to come for a game this fall and see the Illini in action.
"It was a fun visit. It was pretty cold. It was a good experience where I got to get a feel for what it's like to be in the stadium. The band was amazing. Seeing all the orange, it felt like home. It was a real nice visit. The coaches treated me well, and I'm excited."
So what does Chase expect out of football once he arrives on campus?
"Early on I just want to do my best to help the team win. Whatever coach wants me to do I'll do. My goal is just to make the team better."
Haslett has talked with some of the current players as well as some future Illini wide receivers, and he looks forward to getting into the system.
"I met Nathan (Scheelhaase) twice, and I met Chandler (Whitmer) once. And I got to meet a few of the wide receivers, but I haven't talked to them too much. I've talked with Jordan Frysinger. I met Marquise Mosley and threw with him at a combine once."
The 6'-2", 190 pounder is the son of Jim Haslett, defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins and former head coach for St. Louis and New Orleans. His dad and Illini coach Zook are good friends.
Haslett's Clayton, Missouri. team lacked firepower, preventing him from showcasing his talents. His best days as a quarterback are ahead of him.
Haslett expects to work hard, push his teammates, and compete hard for playing time even before going on scholarship.