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…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Connor Brennan

I made this promise to do every LLUOI post within 48 hours of a commitment. But I have a very good reason why this one took 72 hours: I enlisted help. I asked IlliniBoard line play expert Martin O’Donnell (that’s on his business card – Line Play Expert) to take a look at Brennan’s film and tell me – tell us – what he thought. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Julian Jones

I love commits like this. Knowing nothing about the player and viewing it blind, a player committed to a small school who has a great senior year and picks up high major offers is the exact type of player we need to be landing. Football recruiting has gone crazy early as of late, which means there are plenty of senior breakouts to be had. I think this kid is one of them. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Desmond Cain

I’m so far behind. On everything. Still plugging through Check The Tape for Ohio State. Three LLUOI’s behind. Trying to write this basketball preview that Brumby and I are releasing next week. Finalizing everything for the new hoops writers. Preparing Beckman’s final exam. Tonight, I catch up on LLUOI’s.

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Looks Like University Of Illinois – Juwuane Parchman

I mentioned in the last post that writing about a 2015 player with the head coach status up in the air is weird. Writing about a 2016 player who won’t sign for 457 days is even more strange. But hey, let’s do this. [Read more…]