Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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OK- Dream scenario: Wimbush, Tate and Hurts all come to Lovie; say they want to play here. Lovie can only pick 1.

Who should he pick?

IMO: Wimbush. Granted, its biased, but it seems he would do much better in a system where there is a dearth in NFL talent as opposed to Hurts. When Hurts is playing a better team, it often looks like he's lost or overmatched; has the talent around him bail him out.

Ive seen Wimbush shred top 10 teams with both his arm and his legs. If he can improve his decision making, he could be the next (jr version) Juice Williams.
 
OK- Dream scenario: Wimbush, Tate and Hurts all come to Lovie; say they want to play here. Lovie can only pick 1.

Who should he pick?

IMO: Wimbush. Granted, its biased, but it seems he would do much better in a system where there is a dearth in NFL talent as opposed to Hurts. When Hurts is playing a better team, it often looks like he's lost or overmatched; has the talent around him bail him out.

Ive seen Wimbush shred top 10 teams with both his arm and his legs. If he can improve his decision making, he could be the next (jr version) Juice Williams.
I'm taking Tate, because we already know what he can do in Rod Smith's offense.
 
OK- Dream scenario: Wimbush, Tate and Hurts all come to Lovie; say they want to play here. Lovie can only pick 1.

Who should he pick?

IMO: Wimbush. Granted, its biased, but it seems he would do much better in a system where there is a dearth in NFL talent as opposed to Hurts. When Hurts is playing a better team, it often looks like he's lost or overmatched; has the talent around him bail him out.

Ive seen Wimbush shred top 10 teams with both his arm and his legs. If he can improve his decision making, he could be the next (jr version) Juice Williams.
You must have missed the Georgia game. Hurts bailed out thevfkailing team to come from behind and win after tha got injured and couldn’t move the ball.

Tate makes the most sense. He knows the offense and would provide some leadership for the youth in the qb room
 
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Glenview, IL
Speaking of potential transfers, is there any news on Olidapo? Was he able to enter the transfer portal??
I don’t think he is going anywhere. His Twitter is very pro illini
I thought he meant Ayodele Adeoye rather than Lere Oladipo. There was some chatter about Adeoye transferring from Texas and I have seen nothing about Oladipo wanting to transfer out unless I missed it.
 
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I thought he meant Ayodele Adeoye rather than Lere Oladipo. There was some chatter about Adeoye transferring from Texas and I have seen nothing about Oladipo wanting to transfer out unless I missed it.
I don't know about Adeoye but if Oladipo hasn't been kicked off the team by now then I would expect him to stay. All of the charges were dropped against him so I don't know why the suspension hasn't been lifted as of yet?
 
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Does anyone else think the NCAA is somehow gonna screw with our transfer waivers just because we have so many transfers coming in? Like obviously they can’t really do anything to grad transfers, but I’m just worried they’re gonna see 1-2 grad transfers and 2 hardship waivers and somehow hold it against us and deny at least 1 hardship. In a vacuum, both Thomas and Ford have great cases for a hardship. I just have this worry that they’ll hold the amount of transfers against us. Probably just being paranoid and giving the NCAA too much credit on their analysis ability, but if it can happen to anyone, it would be so Illinois.
 
Does anyone else think the NCAA is somehow gonna screw with our transfer waivers just because we have so many transfers coming in? Like obviously they can’t really do anything to grad transfers, but I’m just worried they’re gonna see 1-2 grad transfers and 2 hardship waivers and somehow hold it against us and deny at least 1 hardship. In a vacuum, both Thomas and Ford have great cases for a hardship. I just have this worry that they’ll hold the amount of transfers against us. Probably just being paranoid and giving the NCAA too much credit on their analysis ability, but if it can happen to anyone, it would be so Illinois.
I think the NCAA is much more strict on basketball waivers than football waivers. But I wouldn't be surprised if both Miami and Georgia block the waiver.
 
Woodridge, IL
Does anyone else think the NCAA is somehow gonna screw with our transfer waivers just because we have so many transfers coming in? Like obviously they can’t really do anything to grad transfers, but I’m just worried they’re gonna see 1-2 grad transfers and 2 hardship waivers and somehow hold it against us and deny at least 1 hardship. In a vacuum, both Thomas and Ford have great cases for a hardship. I just have this worry that they’ll hold the amount of transfers against us. Probably just being paranoid and giving the NCAA too much credit on their analysis ability, but if it can happen to anyone, it would be so Illinois.
Thomas has a good case for a hardship waiver given that he has a daughter he's moving close to. Ford's is a bit more iffy since it's a grandparent. We'll see.
 
Thomas has a good case for a hardship waiver given that he has a daughter he's moving close to. Ford's is a bit more iffy since it's a grandparent. We'll see.
If they dont at least give it to Thomas, the system is broke. Ahmed Starks waiver was for an ailling Grandmother, didn't receive it, but I believe the waiver has become less strict.
 
I think the NCAA is much more strict on basketball waivers than football waivers. But I wouldn't be surprised if both Miami and Georgia block the waiver.
I just don’t see how Miami would be able to make a case. Whether he technically left the team or was kicked off, clearly there was tension and neither side really wanted to be with the other. Also an awkward coach retirement sure doesn’t help. Ford is tougher. Clearly Georgia didn’t want him to go, and them telling him that he had little chance of a waiver kinda gives away their position of clearly not wanting to do anything to help him get one. Will be interesting to see.
 
King Kofi
Urbana, IL
I thought he meant Ayodele Adeoye rather than Lere Oladipo. There was some chatter about Adeoye transferring from Texas and I have seen nothing about Oladipo wanting to transfer out unless I missed it.
That is who i meant and would make sense as to why thunderwear said his twitter is pro Illini. That was my bad I had too many beers in me last night!
 
You must have missed the Georgia game. Hurts bailed out thevfkailing team to come from behind and win after tha got injured and couldn’t move the ball.

Tate makes the most sense. He knows the offense and would provide some leadership for the youth in the qb room
Last I heaqrd, Tate didn't have the credits to graduate before next year, but maybe he could get them by August?
 
OK- Dream scenario: Wimbush, Tate and Hurts all come to Lovie; say they want to play here. Lovie can only pick 1.

Who should he pick?

IMO: Wimbush. Granted, its biased, but it seems he would do much better in a system where there is a dearth in NFL talent as opposed to Hurts. When Hurts is playing a better team, it often looks like he's lost or overmatched; has the talent around him bail him out.

Ive seen Wimbush shred top 10 teams with both his arm and his legs. If he can improve his decision making, he could be the next (jr version) Juice Williams.
Gotta admit I know very little about Wimbush and barely ever watch ND games. That being said, he’s a distant 3rd for me. Like I don’t even know if they’d check in on him, 3rd.
1. Tate. He knows the offense and has already proven that he can excel running it.
2. Hurts. He has way too much proven talent to completely ignore. If Tate can’t/isn’t coming, you should at least check in on Hurts. That being said I think we have a near 0% chance of landing him.
3. Wimbush. I just think Hurts is the only guy worth going after if you can’t get Tate.

But really, if Tate can’t grad transfer, I’m very bullish on Rivers. Probably moreso than most on this board.
 
Gotta admit I know very little about Wimbush and barely ever watch ND games. That being said, he’s a distant 3rd for me. Like I don’t even know if they’d check in on him, 3rd.
1. Tate. He knows the offense and has already proven that he can excel running it.
2. Hurts. He has way too much proven talent to completely ignore. If Tate can’t/isn’t coming, you should at least check in on Hurts. That being said I think we have a near 0% chance of landing him.
3. Wimbush. I just think Hurts is the only guy worth going after if you can’t get Tate.

But really, if Tate can’t grad transfer, I’m very bullish on Rivers. Probably moreso than most on this board.
I'll put all this to bed.....it's Tate or no one.
 
Last I heaqrd, Tate didn't have the credits to graduate before next year, but maybe he could get them by August?
If I were to guess, Sumlin and co. are providing the help they need so that he can graduate and showcase his talents at a better suited university. Tate is talented, Sumlin has a great system, but this year we saw how much the two didn't mesh.
 
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