Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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I have mixed feelings about the class so far. Very intriguing. Lovie and staff have done pretty well with their evals. Would just feel better with some star power. I think everyone would. Not sure what separates our classes from the rest of the big ten.
 
I have mixed feelings about the class so far. Very intriguing. Lovie and staff have done pretty well with their evals. Would just feel better with some star power. I think everyone would. Not sure what separates our classes from the rest of the big ten.
I have pretty good feelings about this class. After 4 years we finally have roster depth and can develop the players we are picking up.

Prior we had been rushing young talent on to the field which is great in certain aspects as there is no substitute for game reps, but also encourages them to lean on bad habits and athleticism instead of refining technique that in the long run would make them way better.

While the initial stats on this class are not great, what it has is speed in spades though and since we finally have what looks like a B1G two deep depth chart where we can teach the speed the right technique and they will translate better to the field and some might even get drafted.

Lovie isn't going to make us a power house, but we will be relevant by time he leaves here.
 
I have pretty good feelings about this class. After 4 years we finally have roster depth and can develop the players we are picking up.

Prior we had been rushing young talent on to the field which is great in certain aspects as there is no substitute for game reps, but also encourages them to lean on bad habits and athleticism instead of refining technique that in the long run would make them way better.

While the initial stats on this class are not great, what it has is speed in spades though and since we finally have what looks like a B1G two deep depth chart where we can teach the speed the right technique and they will translate better to the field and some might even get drafted.

Lovie isn't going to make us a power house, but we will be relevant by time he leaves here.
LOVEEEE the speed we have coming for sure
 
Lovie isn't going to make us a power house, but we will be relevant by time he leaves here.
I think the range is much wider than that. I haven’t given up on powerhouse. A good year this year, & I’m hoping we can get back to the average rating of the Beason-Williams class with classes of 20+, start stacking those classes & I think we can own the west. Unfortunately, I also don’t think Lovie not making it past this season is off the table. The B1G west margin between 1-7 is relatively small & I don’t think either end is out of play.
 
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I think the range is much wider than that. I haven’t given up on powerhouse. A good year this year, & I’m hoping we can get back to the average rating of the Beason-Williams class with classes of 20+, start stacking those classes & I think we can own the west. Unfortunately, I also don’t think Lovie not making it past this season is off the table. The B1G west margin between 1-7 is relatively small & I don’t think either end is out of play.
Agree with the wide range for sure. Wide range of speed too since this is the track forum.
 
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Carsello to NW. we were his first P5 offer. We contacted him the most during his recruitment. Northwestern offered late and 6 days later he commits. But we don’t care about instate kids!!

Can we pump the brakes on this for every in-state kid that chooses elsewhere? We don't need to goad posters if a recruit doesn't get an Illinois offer and commits elsewhere or if the staff offers and commits elsewhere.

This kid grew up a big NW fan, is from that area, he chose NW. And offering a recruit the June before his senior year is not a late offer (my guess is NW knew they could take their time on him and would have offered earlier if they felt pressure that Illinois could snag him). And this is the exact thinking that's problematic. The staff needs to be more active in the state but (emphasis added) becoming active in the state does not guarantee commitments.
 
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Last place by average player rating :(

This is a definite concern. Some posters on here have (correctly) been suggesting tempered frustration over lower class ranking because of smaller class numbers and decent AVG the past couple of years. But we can't go back and ignore those concerns because the staff is going to bring in more recruits this year and their class ranking is going to be better (if the player ranking doesn't improve).
 
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Interesting. I thought coaches didn’t have much affect on where players go.
Where does it say, Sunkett is pushing for them to go to Mizzou? He just gave an update on where the kids stand and where he think they may go. If you talk to the kids Mizzou is in their top list. One has Penn State very high and the other kid has South Carolina pretty high on his list. Oregon is another school that is high on both of their list.
 
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Coaches definitely influence their recruits but this is more Sunkett providing an inside report on where his players are leaning.
It just find it funny that sunket tweets out mizzou edits for his players but only tweets at Illinois coaches to call them out. Also not a single member of his staff logged into the ashton washington zoom meeting with bellamy.
 
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Where does it say, Sunkett is pushing for them to go to Mizzou? He just gave an update on where the kids stand and where he think they may go. If you talk to the kids Mizzou is in their top list. One has Penn State very high and the other kid has South Carolina pretty high on his list. Oregon is another school that is high on both of their list.
Yeah this is a normal thing for a high school coach to do.
 
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Can we pump the brakes on this for every in-state kid that chooses elsewhere? We don't need to goad posters if a recruit doesn't get an Illinois offer and commits elsewhere or if the staff offers and commits elsewhere.

This kid grew up a big NW fan, is from that area, he chose NW. And offering a recruit the June before his senior year is not a late offer (my guess is NW knew they could take their time on him and would have offered earlier if they felt pressure that Illinois could snag him). And this is the exact thinking that's problematic. The staff needs to be more active in the state but (emphasis added) becoming active in the state does not guarantee commitments.
I’m just sick of the narrative that Illinois doesn’t try or put forth effort with instate kids. I work in the arena of instate football and I see stuff first hand. Illinois was carsello a first P5 offer. We put forth a lot of effort into him, NW offers and snag him in 6 days. Just saying I don’t think we can justify wasting resources instate anymore.
 
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Not a single member of his staff was invited to a zoom meeting with Ashton. How soon we forget?

Yeah that’s not true at all. They were Invited and sent the code for the call. They didn’t show. Want to know something else. Only 1 school showed up for the instate zoom call, Iroquois west was the only school that showed up.
 
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