Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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For people concerned about our recruiting right now, keep in mind that we are currently out-recruiting (per 247): one ACC team (NC State), three Big 12 teams (K-State, OK State, TCU), eight (!) Pac-12 teams (UCLA, Wazzu, Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Arizona, Colorado) and three SEC teams (South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vandy). If we were in any other conference, I believe that many of our concerns would be alleviated.
 
For people concerned about our recruiting right now, keep in mind that we are currently out-recruiting (per 247): one ACC team (NC State), three Big 12 teams (K-State, OK State, TCU), eight (!) Pac-12 teams (UCLA, Wazzu, Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Arizona, Colorado) and three SEC teams (South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vandy). If we were in any other conference, I believe that many of our concerns would be alleviated.
All I'm reading is that we need to move to the Pac 12 for football. I knew they've been slowly losing ground but I didn't realize it's gotten that bad.
 
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I can’t express how sick I am of the in state recruiting argument. We recruit them and they don’t wanna come. It’s been like this for 3 coaching staffs, so I’m not blaming the staff anymore.
I'm not about telling people what we should or should not mention. This is is a blog, the whole point is discussion.

But give me a Georgia 3 star over a Illinois 3 star any day of the week.
Again, we can discuss this type of statement all you want, but I think this statement is an inaccurate depiction because these are not mutually exclusive! You can get both Georgia 3-stars and Illinois 3-stars. In fact, the coaching staff is going to be need to get both to fill their recruiting classes. Comparing their success level is pointless. I've expressed my feelings about the rift between the high school coaches in Illinois and University of Illinois coaching staffs (both parties are at fault), but it doesn't matter who is at fault because the staff will always need to make things work within the state. Being frustrated by the constant sniping across all of the staffs is understandable (hence my stance), but the pressure is on Lovie to find a solution because his job is on the line (HS coaches will gladly send their best players elsewhere). Recruiting this badly within the state is unacceptable and is absolutely unsustainable.
 
The staff at Simeon encouraged Marcus Harper to decommit from Illinois last Spring. This is probably the reason our staff never pursued James.
But no! I thought it was because our staff hates instate kids and only wants SEC leftovers from Georgia. Also I thought all the coaches from the state wanted us to succeed. Btw this isn’t the only kid this has happened too in the last couple cycles from in the state.
 
The staff at Simeon encouraged Marcus Harper to decommit from Illinois last Spring. This is probably the reason our staff never pursued James.
Encouraging a kid to decommit from Illinois? If this is true then I would say that constitutes some blame there
 
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But no! I thought it was because our staff hates instate kids and only wants SEC leftovers from Georgia. Also I thought all the coaches from the state wanted us to succeed. Btw this isn’t the only kid this has happened too in the last couple cycles from in the state.
Wasn't he a transfer? You think the coach had that much pull over a transfer?
 
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The staff at Simeon encouraged Marcus Harper to decommit from Illinois last Spring. This is probably the reason our staff never pursued James.
The staff may not like it, but part of the job when it comes to recruiting is building relationships with HS coaches around the state, especially when you are a bottom feeder like Illinois has become. I don't know the whole story, but if what you are saying is true, the smart thing to do would be to try and improve the relationship rather than ignoring the problem and not recruiting a 4* lineman from your own back yard. Nobody said sucking up to prima donna HS coaches would be fun, but that's part of the job and why we pay you millions of $.
 
This is a random question but does anyone have a realistic expectation for this class by amount of players per position/names that are looking at us? Would like to hear so I know where to put my expectations at for the end result of this class. Thanks.
 
The staff may not like it, but part of the job when it comes to recruiting is building relationships with HS coaches around the state, especially when you are a bottom feeder like Illinois has become. I don't know the whole story, but if what you are saying is true, the smart thing to do would be to try and improve the relationship rather than ignoring the problem and not recruiting a 4* lineman from your own back yard. Nobody said sucking up to prima donna HS coaches would be fun, but that's part of the job and why we pay you millions of $.
Yea great plan waste time and resources pursuing the unattainable when the angry mob of Illinios Loyalty members are on your tail with pitch forks and torches because your not landing enough recruits already....sounds like a sound plan.
 
Yes....period!
It’s obvious you haven’t dealt with a kid and recruitment. I am responding because this is how rumors become law. 90% of the time the family is behind the final decision. 100% of the time the recruit won’t be honest about why a decision was made. Often time Coaches shoulder the blame because they aren’t afraid to take it. No transfer will ever give the new coach that much power. I’ve dealt with 100’s of recruits and I have never seen this happen. Ever!
 
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