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.
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...]
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 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...]
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...]