Looks Like University Of Illinois – Dominic Thieman

Recruit from schools that recruit. It’s #7 in the How To Find Sleeper Recruits guidebook. Many think that coaches recruit from schools like Glenville, St. Thomas Aquinas, and De La Salle because they want to get in good with the coaching staff or because the kids have been coached up. That’s part of the reason. Another reason: they’ve already done the recruiting. [Read more…]


Have I mentioned how much I enjoy series’?  Have I mentioned how much I hate the burden of series’?  Right now I’m behind three 90i posts and three LLUOI posts.  Which usually means I’m frozen as a writer until I’m caught up. Today, with my first chance to write anything in 48 hours, I’m ignoring the series’ and writing about recruiting. For both sports. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Drake Spears

That was a long 57 days. After the little burst of verbal commitments during spring ball (Kentrail Moran, Eli Peters, Amani Jones), I was hoping we’d get a big jump on the 2016 class. But then it went quiet (partly because, well, you know), and I was worried certain Illini leans were leaning elsewhere. Thankfully, Drake Spears put an end to that. [Read more…]


May is almost over.  Which means my yearly “I kinda take the month off from writing” month is almost over.  Typically, at the beginning of June, I’m writing about two things: current football recruits and summer basketball recruiting.  Today?  Today, with both, I’m impatient.  [Read more…]

2016 Football Recruiting Overview

This is typically a very dead time in the offseason. Spring football is over and Rantoul is not for 3 more months. For me (Craig), this is the time I start to look at the roster and figure out where the team is going (as does Robert as seen by his 3 deep from last week.) [Read more…]

2015 Signing Day Summary

OK, so here’s part six of six. I wrote out all of my thoughts on Wednesday, then I cranked through four LLUIO posts, and now I’ll break it all down. My very first blog post in February 2009 broke down that recruiting class into five categories. I’ve done the same every year since. Here, finally, is that summary for 2016. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Ke’Shawn Vaughn

There’s so much to talk about here.  How did we pull this off?  How did we land such an outstanding tailback with such an outstanding offer list?  How much of an instant impact can he make?  And, perhaps most importantly, what Signing Day domino almost fell, putting this whole thing in doubt? [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Cameron Watkins

This is so much fun, all these LLUOI posts. YOU get a Cruise and YOU get a Cruise and YOU get four Cruises… [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Jamal Milan

This is fun. And exhausting. Fun in that I get to write this and two more LLUOI posts because Signing Day 2015 was amazing. Exhausting because I feel like I haven’t stopped writing since the Rutgers game on Tuesday night. But that’s fun. And exhausting. Because writing about landing our top defensive tackle target is fun. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Trenard Davis

I’m kind of obsessed with one thought today: what if David Reisner’s field goal was eight feet to the right? There’d be no bowl. There’d be no momentum. There’d probably be no strong close to the 2015 recruiting class. Which means Trenard Davis might be at Wisconsin or Pitt. Instead, Trenard Davis will be in Champaign. In the defensive backfield. Maybe even at safety. [Read more…]