Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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Maybe I'm just not as connected into recruiting as others, but what would be the downside to asking these guys to commit? (assuming it's simply asking, not playing the "commit or lose your spot" game). I mean we're the worst program in the B1G. Having guys with offers from powerhouse programs commit to us would be huge.
The downside is that they could say "no" and walk away.

Even if they say "yes", people are still going to recruit them. We then run the risk of them changing their minds.

The staff currently is trying the strategy of having the recruits get all the information about their choices before committing. Hopefully if a recruit makes a more informed choice, they are more likely to stick to it.
 
On the Jeremy Werner show today a few good notes:

1. Shammond was scheduled to visit Texas this month (I don't remember the date stated, 13th?). Instead he is coming to ILLINOIS for a visit.

2. Billingsley has delayed his commitment to Florida and will now take a visit to Penn State. Hopefully he can see that they are selling the same thing as Florida and ILL truly has a unique opportunity?
 
On the Jeremy Werner show today a few good notes:

1. Shammond was scheduled to visit Texas this month (I don't remember the date stated, 13th?). Instead he is coming to ILLINOIS for a visit.

2. Billingsley has delayed his commitment to Florida and will now take a visit to Penn State. Hopefully he can see that they are selling the same thing as Florida and ILL truly has a unique opportunity?

Penn State has two 4* TEs from the 2018 class already, and they're heavily recruiting a 5* TE in the 2019 class. Not sure that's the best destination for him, but they can sell TE prospects on that whole Mike Gesicki thing.
 
i saw a tweet about getting on a plane yesterday. Don't remember the row the boat comment, however that tweet appears to be gone now

Correction: I was able to find it. No need for that, I agree. However, there is now not a team that I want to beat more in the Big Ten than Minnesota. I want to drum their @$$ up and down the football field this year and forward #FlickFleck
 
Maybe. I think it would have been a good hire. However, I am more than happy with, where I think, Lovie and his crew are taking us. I think the ceiling is higher

I do think the ceiling is higher, but I don't actually think we'll ever sniff that ceiling. Not that I think Fleck would have us winning 9-10 games with any regularity, either, but he seems built for college football -- which I'm not the least bit convinced Lovie is.

With James Franklin getting PSU back to the upper echelon of CFB.....with Scott Frost entering the B1G West......with Michigan State apparently becoming a routine contender......to go along with the usual Ohio State/Michigan/Wisconsin success......it's going to be awfully hard for Illinois, no matter who is coaching, to become anything more than a 7-win team with regularity. I think Fleck would have gotten us to that point, though I still have my doubts with this current staff. But I do agree that the potential is definitely there if they can leverage that NFL reputation in recruiting and bring in blue-chippers.

But I digress. I know Fleck's class is something like #19 in the country right now, but he only has one kid in the top-700. He does seem to be pulling in a lot of quality 3-star kids, though. Definitely not the talent to compete with Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan.
 
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