Back & Forth – Football Recruiting

Steve and I exchanged some emails this last week – mostly regarding football recruiting.  I figured I’d share.  That was the whole genesis behind B&F posts anyway.  I’m constantly emailing and texting about all things Illini – why not publish some of those conversations? Here’s some football talk. [Read more…]

Recruiting Anxiety

I wrote last week about the parallels between football recruiting and basketball recruiting. Both give me anxiety. Basketball is understandable – we have six to give and we have to land a top-10 class. But football, even with Lovie just getting started, gives me similar anxiety. Why? Here’s why.  [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Kendall Smith

Perhaps the biggest question facing Lovie Smith when it comes to recruiting: can he end ABI? Can he turn the tide so that recruits coming out of Chicago are no longer headed Anywhere But Illinois? His first move, landing Smalling and Smith (LLC), suggests that he can. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Ricky Smalling

Let me just start with this. Using the composite rankings, the highest ranked player to pick Illinois last year was TE Zarrian Holcombe, who ranked #704 nationally. Ricky Smalling’s ranking on the composite list? #333. This is Lovie climbing up two or three rungs on the talent ladder. As it should be. [Read more…]

Football ‘cruitin

As I plug my ears and avoid all Mikey Dudek knee injury stories (truth: I’m absolutely sick to my stomach), I turn instead to football recruiting. I don’t really know where this post will end up but I’m going to just start talking about ‘cruitin and see where we end up.  [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Ryan O’Malley

Cubs pitcher in 2006.  Jake Johnson’s character in Let’s Be Cops. Defensive tackle from Libertyville.  We landed one of these three Ryan O’Malley’s to play football at Illinois in 2017.  Pretty sure it’s the last one.  [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Trevour Simms

I’m crankin’ through, man. Headed to Rantoul on Sunday and I’ve committed to being caught up on 90i posts and LLUOI posts by the time I get there. Which means, what, 17 more 90i posts and five more LLUOI write-ups all in the next five days during a week where I’ll probably work 60 hours? No problem! [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Griffin Palmer

Hey, I’ve seen him play! What do I remember about him? Nothing. He would have been a… sophomore when my son was a senior and their two high schools met in a conference game. So when I heard he verballed, I reached back to my memories to see if I could remember a tall, skinny sophomore tight end from DeSmet. I got nothing. This is going nowhere. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Joshua Black

If you thought yesterday’s 90i explosion was great, well, just you wait and see.  It’s now time for a burst of LLUOI posts.  Five players have verballed to Illinois since I last came up for air, so I will now attempt to knock out those five posts in the next two days.  I’m nothing if not wildly inconsistent.  [Read more…]

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…]