Looks Like University Of Illinois - Deuce Spann

Dec 17, 2019

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This one I do not understand. I just don't understand how this kid isn't a four-star recruit. I've watched his film six times and attempted to take off my orange and blue glasses each time. I attempt an objective "if this kid had just picked Missouri, how would I feel watching his film?". I'd feel like Missouri just landed their next superstar quarterback.

Whenever I'm like this - whenever this is going to come off like "there goes Robert again", I go with gifs. As you might remember, I did this with Sydney Brown's LLUOI post. I knew I was giving him 3.75 Cruises, and that was going to seem crazy because at the time Brown was unranked on one site and a low 3-star on the other. But his film was so good I was debating 4 Cruises and I knew I needed to back that up with gifs. So I grabbed four gifs from Brown's film and made my case that way.

I will now do this for Deuce Spann. Because I think he's a four-star quarterback. His composite score has him as the 905th-best high school football player in this class (which is still solid). He's currently listed as the 25th-best dual theat quarterback in the class. But I don't understand how there are 24 dual threat QB's better than him.

You want touch? With a high snap and a blitz coming, he can make this throw:

Throwing on the run? He can do that, even when some guy is right on his heels. Spotting the receiver here and delivering him the ball is niice.

Running? He has effortless speed for a tall (6'-4") QB:

But Robert, college QB's have to make really tough throws. It's easy to do that in high school when mistakes aren't punished but in college you have to hit guys in stride.

Like, in stride in stride. You have to be able to throw precise darts. And you have to be able to load up and release it quickly.

6'-4", blazing fast, great arm, shows touch, can make every throw - how is that not a four-star QB?

And then you go through his offers. Going back through his Twitter account, in January he got offers from Purdue, Maryland, Georgia, and Florida State. During the spring open period he added offers from Duke, Ole Miss, Louisville, and Virginia Tech. In June he named a "final six" of Louisville, Duke, Ole Miss, Florida State, Illinois, and UCF. Then in August he tweeted that he was opening it back up (meaning, those were no longer his final six), he added Tennessee, Utah, and Auburn, and now he (somehow) picked Illinois.

That kind of film, those offers, and mid 3-star? Someone explain what I'm missing. Height? No, he's 6'-4". Athleticism? Watch the film. He must have some crazy low completion percentage or something, because none of this makes sense. (And even if he had a low completion percentage his senior season, Utah and Auburn both just got involved after seeing this film, so it can't be that bad.)

Well, I guess I started the Tom Cruise thing because I couldn't stand how the Sydney Browns of the world never got their due in the rankings, so perhaps this just falls in that category. And we're still talking about quarterbacks here. A kid can have the greatest arm and the fastest feet but if he can't read a defense or if the college game moves too fast for him, none of those physical attributes matter. So maybe I should cool it on declaring Deuce Spann as the next great Illini quarterback.

But man, when I watch that film I see a great quarterback. And the offers, to me, confirm what I see. So I'm going big on the Cruises. I really do think this is a four-Cruise recruit.

Deuce Spann - Four Tom Cruises.


Groundhogday on December 17, 2019 @ 01:24 AM

Yeah, love this pick up. Best QB recruit of the Lovie era.

Illiniiniowa on December 17, 2019 @ 04:29 AM

Well, we already have One. Now, we're adding Deuce. Please tell me two years from now we're going to get a QB named Trey.

Robert on December 17, 2019 @ 04:30 PM

And I really want Deuce throwing to One.

Groundhogday on December 19, 2019 @ 01:07 AM

I’d love to see One add 15 lbs of strength and develop into our version of Rondale Moore. Slot receiver, jet sweep, motion into the backfield occasionally. Maybe some wildcat. An elite dynamic playmaker would really add some juice to this offense.

DB50 on December 17, 2019 @ 06:51 AM

Rod Smith has to be out of his mind “giddy” over this addition!

uilaw71 on December 17, 2019 @ 06:53 AM

How about this for a team comp, Robert: Jalen/Tua.

Robert on December 17, 2019 @ 04:31 PM

That's just a ~tiny~ bit over the top.

But Nathan Scheelhaase isn't a bad comp here.

thegoah on December 17, 2019 @ 05:57 PM

Dixon decommits and less than a week later this happens. Are the two incidents related to one another?

Norcal Illini on December 17, 2019 @ 06:46 PM

Robert, who do you like better, Dixon or Spann? The four Tom Cruises suggests Spann.

Robert on December 17, 2019 @ 07:05 PM

I gave Dixon 2.5 Cruises and Spann 4 Cruises. Definitely Spann.

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