Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

Mapleton,IL.
I am assuming he doesn't mean Connor Barton who was offered a Preferred Walk On and seemed excited on twitter.
 
Cincinnati, OH
Solomon Buchanan is the player. His uncle played for Herm also & the family are all big ASU fans. But Herm isn't going to offer..

Not well received on 247. Taking someone like this so early in the class.....I hope the coaching staff thinks he's badly underrated.
 
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Cincinnati, OH
Offers to penn state, texas, texas tech and Tennessee he's very solid. Since he's juco 247 doesn't really rank them until they commit. He'll prolly be around a 85.

I have serious doubts that he either (1) does not have those offers or (2) they are not commitable.
 
On a positive note, I live down in Tampa and ran into Deuce Spann at a local track meet. Had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes. I came away incredibly impressed. He is eager to get there and get started. More impressively, everything I talked with him about was yes sir, no sir. He is reporting in June and told me he just made honor roll this past semester. On another good note, he smoked everyone in the hurdles and the 400 and just looked way bigger / stronger / faster than anyone else on the track. Consider me a fan, I'll be pulling for him.
 
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On a positive note, I live down in Tampa and ran into Deuce Spann at a local track meet. Had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes. I came away incredibly impressed. He is eager to get there and get started. More impressively, everything I talked with him about was yes sir, no sir. He is reporting in June and told me he just made honor roll this past semester. On another good note, he smoked everyone in the hurdles and the 400 and just looked way bigger / stronger / faster than anyone else on the track. Consider me a fan, I'll be pulling for him.
Do you know his times in those events by any chance? Interested in getting a feel for his speed.
 
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Do you know his times in those events by any chance? Interested in getting a feel for his speed.
My fault, I was working the triple jump pit, looked up and saw him leading the pack, thought it was the hurdles but it was the 100 and the 400. The wind was blowing 100 mph in their faces and it was 50 plus degrees. Not ideal for a track meet. He ran a 11.20 and a 52.47 today. His best are 10.9 and 49.
Most fast high school kids that tall are lanky and could stand to gain a few pounds, he on the other hand looks like he could suit up today (not quite KOFI yet) and be a true dual threat. He told me he was at the Wisky game (thank goodness) and his relationship with the two Smith's are what turned his eyes towards the Illini.
 
My fault, I was working the triple jump pit, looked up and saw him leading the pack, thought it was the hurdles but it was the 100 and the 400. The wind was blowing 100 mph in their faces and it was 50 plus degrees. Not ideal for a track meet. He ran a 11.20 and a 52.47 today. His best are 10.9 and 49.
Most fast high school kids that tall are lanky and could stand to gain a few pounds, he on the other hand looks like he could suit up today (not quite KOFI yet) and be a true dual threat. He told me he was at the Wisky game (thank goodness) and his relationship with the two Smith's are what turned his eyes towards the Illini.
Thanks. Triple jump is by far my favorite track event. The times don’t bother me for the weather and how early it is in track season. By the end of the season in good weather it’d be nice to see him get to 10.6 and about 48 based on his previous PRs. Max speed and sprint explosion as he makes his way to us.
 
South Carolina
My fault, I was working the triple jump pit, looked up and saw him leading the pack, thought it was the hurdles but it was the 100 and the 400. The wind was blowing 100 mph in their faces and it was 50 plus degrees. Not ideal for a track meet. He ran a 11.20 and a 52.47 today. His best are 10.9 and 49.
Most fast high school kids that tall are lanky and could stand to gain a few pounds, he on the other hand looks like he could suit up today (not quite KOFI yet) and be a true dual threat. He told me he was at the Wisky game (thank goodness) and his relationship with the two Smith's are what turned his eyes towards the Illini.
Imagine his times if the 100 mph winds were at his back
 
On a positive note, I live down in Tampa and ran into Deuce Spann at a local track meet. Had the chance to talk with him for a few minutes. I came away incredibly impressed. He is eager to get there and get started. More impressively, everything I talked with him about was yes sir, no sir. He is reporting in June and told me he just made honor roll this past semester. On another good note, he smoked everyone in the hurdles and the 400 and just looked way bigger / stronger / faster than anyone else on the track. Consider me a fan, I'll be pulling for him.
interesting. Anyone know what happened to CJ Dixon? from 247 it looks like he never signed. Was it a talent, skill, academic or discipline issue? Either way, it seems we're better off with Spann even though he isn't an "elite" recruit. Time will tell. Losing WRs Jeff Thomas and that guy who went to Virginia worked out for the best. If we got them, we wouldn't have gotten BheBhe, and he had to count for 2 or three wins. If he hadn't come and performed along with Peters, we'd be talking about our next coach now....
 
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interesting. Anyone know what happened to CJ Dixon? from 247 it looks like he never signed. Was it a talent, skill, academic or discipline issue? Either way, it seems we're better off with Spann even though he isn't an "elite" recruit. Time will tell. Losing WRs Jeff Thomas and that guy who went to Virginia worked out for the best. If we got them, we wouldn't have gotten BheBhe, and he had to count for 2 or three wins. If he hadn't come and performed along with Peters, we'd be talking about our next coach now....
Good point. No one likes disappointing recruiting news, but sometimes things work out.
 
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Little Rock, Arkansas
interesting. Anyone know what happened to CJ Dixon? from 247 it looks like he never signed. Was it a talent, skill, academic or discipline issue? Either way, it seems we're better off with Spann even though he isn't an "elite" recruit. Time will tell. Losing WRs Jeff Thomas and that guy who went to Virginia worked out for the best. If we got them, we wouldn't have gotten BheBhe, and he had to count for 2 or three wins. If he hadn't come and performed along with Peters, we'd be talking about our next coach now....
I honestly can’t remember what happened to Dixon but I feel like @illini0440 said it was either mutual or we realized it wasn’t a good idea to take him? Or maybe he lost interest...not sure.

Regardless of that, apparently Deuce Spann is the real deal.

If you haven’t read Robert’s post on him, it’s good, and very positive and comes across as an elite recruit. (Robert wonders why he isn’t a 4 star)

Spann LLOUI
 
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interesting. Anyone know what happened to CJ Dixon? from 247 it looks like he never signed. Was it a talent, skill, academic or discipline issue? Either way, it seems we're better off with Spann even though he isn't an "elite" recruit. Time will tell. Losing WRs Jeff Thomas and that guy who went to Virginia worked out for the best. If we got them, we wouldn't have gotten BheBhe, and he had to count for 2 or three wins. If he hadn't come and performed along with Peters, we'd be talking about our next coach now....
My best guess is he didn't qualify academically. Probably going prep or JUCO.
 
I honestly can’t remember what happened to Dixon but I feel like @illini0440 said it was either mutual or we realized it wasn’t a good idea to take him? Or maybe he lost interest...not sure.

Regardless of that, apparently Deuce Spann is the real deal.

If you haven’t read Robert’s post on him, it’s good, and very positive and comes across as an elite recruit. (Robert wonders why he isn’t a 4 star)

Spann LLOUI
Spann can play. Did well in the playoffs and eventually lost to a team that made it to the championship game. Can't remember if they won it though. Riggins and Newton will also be very good players.
 
St. Pete Lakewood lost 9-7 to Booker T Washington in the semifinals. BT Washington went on to win the state championship against Jacksonville Bolles 25-21
 
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