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Old Feb 6, 2013, 06:48 PM   #251
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http://seasonpass.suntimes.com/news_...class-rankings

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4. Illinois: The Illini have a little bit of everything in Tim Beckman’s first true class: five junior college players to ramp up the talent level quickly, a few promising in-state recruits (Bolingbrook QB, Peoria Richwoods RB Kendrick Foster) and pick-ups from talent hotbeds such as Ohio, Texas and Florida.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 06:49 PM   #252
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More Audio & Video from today's Signing Day-

WCIA Video: Signing Day Overview
WCIA Video: Aaron Bailey ready to step in at Illinois
WCIA Video: Bryce Douglas ready to carry on Illini tradition

Tay & J Show: Alex Golesh and Bryce Douglas
Tay & J Show: Doug Bucshon and Kendrick Foster
Tay & J Show: Aaron Bailey

WDWS: Sports Talk 02-06-13

Video highlights of the 25 members of the 2013 class: http://www.fightingillini.com/signingday/#signees
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 07:21 PM   #253
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This was emailed to me, take it fwiw-

"Darwyn was not hurt this past year, he was dismissed from school for residency issue on Oct. 12, 2013, after only playing 5 games of his senior season, he finished homeschooling on Jan 3, 2013 and graduated. Wanted to enroll early but missed deadline for Spring semester. He is currently training and working out twice a day and being mentored by former Illni Tavon Wilson (NE) and Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens). He will start school in May."
Helluva couple guys to have mentoring you!
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 07:23 PM   #254
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Illinois' Class of 2013 rank on Scout:

#5 in the B1G
#42 Nationally


Illinois' Class of 2013 rank on Rivals:

#7 in the B1G
#46 Nationally
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 07:28 PM   #255
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Thanks for the rankings Dan.

All in all, that's a damn good job by the staff considering everything that happened and all the coaching changes.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 07:40 PM   #256
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What happened?

Did anyone ever hear if this kid ended up signing? Alex Collins


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Old Feb 6, 2013, 08:42 PM   #257
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This was emailed to me, take it fwiw-

"Darwyn was not hurt this past year, he was dismissed from school for residency issue on Oct. 12, 2013, after only playing 5 games of his senior season, he finished homeschooling on Jan 3, 2013 and graduated. Wanted to enroll early but missed deadline for Spring semester. He is currently training and working out twice a day and being mentored by former Illni Tavon Wilson (NE) and Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens). He will start school in May."
Bummer he couldn't make it in this spring.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 08:47 PM   #258
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Hermosillo was a perfect slot WR in the run-oriented spread offense. He would have been catching screen passes and making his yardage after the catch in space. With Cubit's offense it is harder to see how he fits.
Did he catch any passes in HS? I thought he played RB only.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 09:00 PM   #259
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Did he catch any passes in HS? I thought he played RB only.
I seem to remember him catching swing passes, but yes he was a RB. For a slot WR in Campbell's offense, he would have been just like Page. Passes to Page were essentially long handoffs.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 09:40 PM   #260
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Would be nice to work the fly sweep in to our arsenal using Hermosillo. Can run some interior runs with DY5 off of that motion across the field to free up the inside as long as we can get him going in space.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:03 PM   #261
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Here is video of the Spearman commitment. What a clown.

http://www.csnchicago.com/video_cont...al-signing-day

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:10 PM   #262
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Here is video of the Spearman commitment. What a clown.

http://www.csnchicago.com/video_cont...al-signing-day

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Karma is a B****. I see this coming back to bite him.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:11 PM   #263
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What was Brooks's injury? Pretty cool that he's still getting to play at BGSU.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:12 PM   #264
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Here is video of the Spearman commitment. What a clown.

http://www.csnchicago.com/video_cont...al-signing-day

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I wanted to puke watching that. That was even less funny than what I thought it would be without seeing the video. How P'/O'd does his friend that committed to Syracuse have to be? He ran over to congratulate him only for him to throw off the hat.

Reinforces why I am not upset at all he didnt pick us. Not the kind of kid Beckman wants in our program
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:19 PM   #265
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In-state focus pays off for Illini (warning: by Shannon Ryan)

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Illinois' class is ranked 46th nationally in the 247 composite rankings, which combines Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN and 247 Sports.

"I'm very proud of what this coaching staff has done because, of course, it wasn't the record we all wanted to have," Beckman said.

The recruiting plan was to attack the six-hour radius surrounding Champaign and ingrain every coach in the Chicago recruiting scene. That yielded four players from the Chicago area and eight from the state.

The main blemish was losing the only linebacker commitment when Reggie Spearman decided this week to go to Iowa. The Simeon senior had committed to Illinois in August.
Oh Shannon, if you actually paid attention you'd realize that most fans are just fine with this and don't view it as the "main blemish" (instead Jones or Dawson, IMO)

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:32 PM   #266
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Oh Shannon, if you actually paid attention you'd realize that most fans are just fine with this and don't view it as the "main blemish" (instead Jones or Dawson, IMO)
Doing what she has to do to sell some papers in Northwestern country. No real gripes with the class. We fill the holes we needed to and got just about everything the coaches were after. Hopefully we can get the ball rolling on future classes as well as develop those we have now to play to the best of their abilities.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:34 PM   #267
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Javen't seen yet. A real shame that this happened too. Not the first time a parent has either openly chastised a player (I believe that was the Army Recruit game 1 year ago) now this fruit loop doing this. Hopefully he was able to e-mail it in without incident.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 10:56 PM   #268
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Karma is a B****. I see this coming back to bite him.
Bite him for what?...showboating?....Just as likely Spearman becomes a beast...since when does being a jerk or clown disqualify you from being a great player?....football is full of them at every level...anyhow, a little attitude might do our defense some good as opposed to doing an imitation of a speed bump..

Not a good citizen?....how's his grades?...any arrests?...maybe he goes to Church and loves his Mom...those things must have been in order if we offered him....so if him tweaking us and Cuse is his great sin then Karma shouldn't waste her time being a b!tch
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 11:16 PM   #269
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This was emailed to me, take it fwiw-

"Darwyn was not hurt this past year, he was dismissed from school for residency issue on Oct. 12, 2013, after only playing 5 games of his senior season, he finished homeschooling on Jan 3, 2013 and graduated. Wanted to enroll early but missed deadline for Spring semester. He is currently training and working out twice a day and being mentored by former Illni Tavon Wilson (NE) and Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens). He will start school in May."
If he continues to be mentored by those guys and train twice a day, as long as he isn't behind at all academically, then maybe it'll work out after all. That's two pretty good guys to be mentored by.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 11:53 PM   #270
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Did anyone ever hear if this kid ended up signing? Alex Collins

His mom returned and is SUPPOSED to let him sign for Arkansas sometime tomorrow. Sounded like no one in the family was supporting the kids decision. Think that it's hilarious that it happened to Biliema (SP?) but gotta feel for the kid.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 05:46 AM   #271
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Illinois' Class of 2013 rank on Scout:

#5 in the B1G
#42 Nationally


Illinois' Class of 2013 rank on Rivals:

#7 in the B1G
#46 Nationally
Do these rankings take into account need?

As someone who doesn't follow football recruiting very much, I'm a bit surprised we did so well. I went back and looked at the schools that have ranked in the mid-40s over the past several years and found some programs with recent success including Stanford, Baylor, West Virginia, etc. With good coaching this seems to be "good enough" to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 06:11 AM   #272
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Thanks to all for coming to 2013 Signing Date in the Collandes Club. We as a staff really enjoyed you being there! Go Fighting Illini!
Someone needs to tell Coach how to spell "Colonnades Club"
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 06:21 AM   #273
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Here is video of the Spearman commitment. What a clown.

http://www.csnchicago.com/video_cont...al-signing-day

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I don't think I've ever been so happy to not sign a player. He's a tool.

And Hull to WR was the best thing I heard today. Good news for the team, GREAT news for him. How awful it must be to get stuck playing a position you're not good at and then get the wrath of the fans when you blow it. Seems like a fantastic kid.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 06:56 AM   #274
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Someone needs to tell Coach how to spell "Colonnades Club"
Well you do know he got a 12 on his ACT so spelling may not be his strong suit.:laugh:
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 06:57 AM   #275
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I thought coach and the staff did a good job in getting this class. Having 10 guys on campus now will really help for spring ball. Will get a look at the JC guys before the fall. Looking for a good year in 2013.
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