Looks Like University Of Illinois – Jordan Fagan

Three verbals behind. So let’s see if I can knock out this LLUOI today, another tomorrow, and another on Thursday. There I go again, setting public deadlines for myself that I’ll never meet. Words are fun! Here’s my thoughts (and Martin O’Donnell’s thoughts) on offensive tackle Jordan Fagan. [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...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Justice Williams

I mean, name team, right? I hope this kid is the real deal, because the name Justice Williams for a linebacker makes me giddy. At this point, we’re going to have to call Tre Watson “Truth” and Austin Roberts “The American Way”, right? [Read more...]

(I’m Finally Getting Around To The) Looks Like University Of Illinois – Caleb Reams

I hate it when I do this. Caleb Reams committed to Illinois on August 9th – the day I took my son to the PGA Championship before heading up to Rantoul – and despite having an entire week to blog in Rantoul, I completely forgot his LLUOI. That’s unacceptable. If kids are going to pick Illinois, they deserve an LLUOI in the first 48 hours. This is me committing to that. [Read more...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Jalen Coleman

Had lunch with a friend today. He’s starting a website, and he wanted to chat about integrating Twitter with his blog.  As I was explaining how I link the two, a tweet popped up on my home screen. “(These three people) retweeted Jalen Coleman’s tweet”. What, pray tell, might Jalen Coleman have tweeted? [Read more...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Sam Mays

They’re both around 6′-3″ and close to 180 lbs. They’re both wide receivers from Texas. They’re both members of the 2015 Illini recruiting class. They committed to Illinois within 24 hours of each other. Whether they like it or now, Sam Mays and A.D. Miller will forever be linked. This is a good thing. [Read more...]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – A.D. Miller

This recruiting class will have, I don’t know, maybe 23 players. Which means from March to February, I get to write 23 of these (plus two or three more for basketball) in the span of 365 days. So OF COURSE we land three players in four days while I’m in Michigan on vacation. Not that I’m complaining. [Read more...]