Introducing to you now: The IlliniBoard 2017 football recruiting headquarters! Consider this your resource for keeping track of who is committed to Illinois, who is out of the picture, and who might be worth watching going forward. This board will be updated regularly as things develop (and placed as a permanent link in the sidebar), so check back often. [Read more…]
What a difference 30 hours makes.
On Friday afternoon, I’m staring off into the void. Micah Awodiran has chosen Yale, Tony Adams is about to pick Mizzou, and we’re still stuck on seven commits. By Saturday night, Adams chose Illinois and then Mizzou’s top offensive line target chooses Illinois. I could get used to this. [Read more…]
That was a long 50 days.
Before we get to Collier, let me try to explain My Personal Journey To Find Peace With Our 2017 Recruiting Given The Fact That Our Class Is Currently Ranked Last In The Big Ten. How July was pretty rough on me. And how August could be pretty great. Because, really, what’s a good recruiting article without the author going on and on about himself? [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]