Looks Like University Of Illinois – Catching Up

As I’ve stated before, I stopped writing LLUOI posts for football commits this summer. With all the turmoil, especially after Beckman was fired, I expected many recruits to bail (and some to be Creaned). As of now, six have bailed, but after these two official visit weekends I think we have an idea of who will be in this class. So let’s catch up. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Stanley Green

The return of the LLUOI.  Why was it gone?  Well, I expected a coaching change right about now.  With that, I expected many of the current commits to leave (or possibly not be re-offered by the new staff).  So I was waiting to see which players stuck before writing up how they’ll fit in with future rosters.  With all but one staying committed, let’s do this. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Te’Jon Lucas

First, some housekeeping: now that I’m back from vacation the first order of business is to write the LLUOI for Te’Jon. So the Check The Tape post for this week won’t be up until tomorrow. But that’s OK, because it’s u-g-l-y and has no alibi.  That’s tomorrow, though. Let’s first talk point guards. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Khalid Lewis

Not sure why, but this verbal reminded me of Dylan Ennis picking Oregon. Which might be an Illinois Basketball watershed moment. We obviously didn’t know it at the time (Tracy wasn’t injured – again – yet), but Ennis to Illinois could have been a game changer. Instead, the Villanova transfer picked Oregon back in May. And now, after Tracy’s injury, we’ve added Khalid Lewis. [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 – 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…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Mike Thorne Jr.

Six weeks ago, Jalen Coleman-Lands was probably the odds-on favorite for Big Ten Freshman of the Year. There was only one player, a raw PF headed to MSU, ranked ahead of him. Then Indiana, Maryland, and Michigan State all added five-star bigs.  Which means two things: JCL is now the fifth best frosh, and we really need someone to guard all these bigs. Enter Mike Thorne Jr. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Eli Peters

I have one more basketball post I need to get out.  I might let it build all weekend and post on Monday – not sure.  But I can’t fully move on to 100% spring football until I vent a little more.  However, I’ve put off the Eli Peters LLUOI for too long.  I’ll write this, then write the basketball postmortem, and THEN move on to spring ball.  First up – our new QB. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Kentrail Moran

I love it when a plan comes together. When Matt Domer wasn’t admitted to school in January (for the second time) and Devin Church transferred away, we looked at the roster of tailbacks in a few years and said “Dre Brown and then who?”. Then BOOM 4-star Ke’Shawn Vaughn. And now BOOM 4-star Kentrail Moran. Problem fixed. [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…]