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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
I mean, the series is titled “LOOKS LIKE University Of Illinois”. So by “looks like” I’m not implying that it’s a lock, right? I mean, Tom Cruise just said it LOOKED LIKE he’d go to the University of Illinois. At that moment, there was no guarantee he’d show up in August. OK. That means I can LLUOI a kid who still might visit Pitt this weekend. [Read more…]
Big weekend ahead for football recruiting. Tim Beckman has four (maybe five) spots he can fill, there’s a few voids on the 2017 roster that need to be filled (namely defensive line), and players visiting this weekend and next might determine how hard the heavy graduation losses hit after 2016. Two guys who hope to factor into that: Frank Sumpter V and Ainslie Johnson.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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.