Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

According to 247, Moffitt had offers from "....USF, Navy, Army, Florida Atlantic, Colorado State, Appalachian State and others."
He never received an offer from USF according to 247, which Robert from alioneye made a big deal about. And just so we're clear, those aren't P5 schools you've listed.
 
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Per DI article, U of I was the only P5 school to give an offer to TM.
 
lovie needs to hit the transfer portal find some guys , because his recruiting classes look bad. Look at OSU's Mich's Wisc's classes and Illinois's the gap is huge!!
 
lovie needs to hit the transfer portal find some guys , because his recruiting classes look bad. Look at OSU's Mich's Wisc's classes and Illinois's the gap is huge!!
does lovie even get the top recruits out of illinois?? thats a must!! with one of the biggest cities in chicago,there has to be alot of 4 and 5 star players! if lovie could just get half of those we would be NASTY!!!
 
does lovie even get the top recruits out of illinois?? thats a must!! with one of the biggest cities in chicago,there has to be alot of 4 and 5 star players! if lovie could just get half of those we would be NASTY!!!
also missed out on the Tj Edwards, Troy Fumagalli's Kendrik Pryor's, Garret Dooley types all ended up as pretty good players they were in his backyard too, His state has a good recruiting base and good players.He can't be letting good players go to Ohio State,Michigan and Wisconsin
 
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does lovie even get the top recruits out of illinois?? thats a must!! with one of the biggest cities in chicago,there has to be alot of 4 and 5 star players! if lovie could just get half of those we would be NASTY!!!
Right now I’d be happy if he could regularly land a few 3*’s out of Illinois cause it ain’t happenin.
 
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does lovie even get the top recruits out of illinois?? thats a must!! with one of the biggest cities in chicago,there has to be alot of 4 and 5 star players! if lovie could just get half of those we would be NASTY!!!
I believe it was zero IL players for 2020 and 3 for 2021 assuming they stick. 14th in the BIG last year, and currently 13th this year. He's just not a recruiter. Period!
 
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does lovie even get the top recruits out of illinois?? thats a must!! with one of the biggest cities in chicago,there has to be alot of 4 and 5 star players! if lovie could just get half of those we would be NASTY!!!
No, he doesnt. Yes, it is. Yes, we would.
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Illinois recruiting still in Phase 1 shutdown
 
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Illinois recruiting still in Phase 1 shutdown
we are the largest college in the state, and we cant even get illinois recruits to come here! this is damning! you have to get your own state's players! why they're not coming here i have no clue?? the coaches?? not winning games??
 
What happened to all the "Guys will come here because Lovie will get them to the NFL talk"?

I did not think the hire would work out but I was fully supporting Lovie. The win last year against Wisconsin was a turning point , I thought
 
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What happened to all the "Guys will come here because Lovie will get them to the NFL talk"?

I did not think the hire would work out but I was fully supporting Lovie. The win last year against Wisconsin was a turning point , I thought
I agree, I wasn't thrilled with his hire when it happened. However as a huge Illini fan I backed him 100% and gave him the benefit of the doubt. It just hasn't panned out the way we all hoped it would.
 
What happened to all the "Guys will come here because Lovie will get them to the NFL talk"?

I did not think the hire would work out but I was fully supporting Lovie. The win last year against Wisconsin was a turning point , I thought
I thought that Lovie would bring in strong recruiting classes. Other than hiring the high school coach of a some of our higher recruits, recruiting has been a huge disappointment.
 
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We're probably not going to find a coach that is excellent in-game, at player development, and at recruiting. I get it. Those are few and far between. And we're far from an attractive destination. But is it so hard to find a coach that is excellent at only one of those things and passable at the other two? Or merely above average at all three?

I'm considering the possibility that my expectations need to be recalibrated, because we have had so many coaching disappointments as a program already. From my perspective, we're miles away from being even consistently competitive. It's depressing.
 
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I thought that Lovie would bring in strong recruiting classes. Other than hiring the high school coach of a some of our higher recruits, recruiting has been a huge disappointment.
 

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we are the largest college in the state, and we cant even get illinois recruits to come here! this is damning! you have to get your own state's players! why they're not coming here i have no clue?? the coaches?? not winning games??
If you were a 4/5 ⭐ recruit and could choose between your home state university that has not put a back to back top-ten B10, let alone nationally ranked team on the field in your lifetime, would you want to go there? Take the orange and blue love out of your heart and answer it? Especially one that plays a BOOOOORING style of football!

Whereas, you could go play in the big house, tOSU, Wisky, Iowa, or any other school of similar nature that has 80,000 - 110,000 screaming fans every Saturday (in a typical year), stacking the All B10 teams, NFL rosters, and a lifetime legacy. Where would you go?

The start is to get some fun, air raid style offense in here. Get the fanbase back in the stands to go see something fun! I gave up my season tix a few years ago because it was just boring in the stadium. Tailgatin' was the only part that was even remotely fun.

New life is needed!! Fast, fun, some trickery, make kids in HS say "I wanna do that...that looks like fun!"
 
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If you were a 4/5 ⭐ recruit and could choose between your home state university that has not put a back to back top-ten B10, let alone nationally ranked team on the field in your lifetime, would you want to go there? Take the orange and blue love out of your heart and answer it? Especially one that plays a BOOOOORING style of football!

Whereas, you could go play in the big house, tOSU, Wisky, Iowa, or any other school of similar nature that has 80,000 - 110,000 screaming fans every Saturday (in a typical year), stacking the All B10 teams, NFL rosters, and a lifetime legacy. Where would you go?

The start is to get some fun, air raid style offense in here. Get the fanbase back in the stands to go see something fun! I gave up my season tix a few years ago because it was just boring in the stadium. Tailgatin' was the only part that was even remotely fun.

New life is needed!! Fast, fun, some trickery, make kids in HS say "I wanna do that...that looks like fun!"
I've always thought the same thing. For a school that prides itself on innovation, why aren't we innovating within the game? I know it's easier said than done, but physical football seems to be a thing of the past - giving way to game planning, coordination, formations, etc.

I've gotten to the point where hard hits just don't look to be the right thing anymore, when you realize someone is probably getting hurt. But football is the best game of athleticism and strategy when done well.

If our new Med School is leveraging the engineering strengths of our great institution, why can't our football team?
 
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We're probably not going to find a coach that is excellent in-game, at player development, and at recruiting. I get it. Those are few and far between. And we're far from an attractive destination. But is it so hard to find a coach that is excellent at only one of those things and passable at the other two? Or merely above average at all three?
Being good at one of those three would be better than Lovie. He’s maybe ok at player development, but I’m struggling to say that with confidence. He’s a mediocre coach overall.
 
we are the largest college in the state, and we cant even get illinois recruits to come here! this is damning! you have to get your own state's players! why they're not coming here i have no clue?? the coaches?? not winning games??
I thought Illinois had a really good opportunity to recruit the state this year. No HS football. Get out and talk to coaches, find out who is being overlooked because of no football. Instead they took a bunch of recruits early that are track athletes from other states.
Really should have changed the approach for the 2021 and 2022 classes.
teams are going to go after recruits where football being played now. Too much competition.
Also think staff is too concerned on how many scholarship players will be here in future. Worry about that bridge when you have to cross. NCAA will adjust if Alabama/Clemson etc push for relaxed limits.
 
I thought Illinois had a really good opportunity to recruit the state this year. No HS football. Get out and talk to coaches, find out who is being overlooked because of no football. Instead they took a bunch of recruits early that are track athletes from other states.
Really should have changed the approach for the 2021 and 2022 classes.
teams are going to go after recruits where football being played now. Too much competition.
Also think staff is too concerned on how many scholarship players will be here in future. Worry about that bridge when you have to cross. NCAA will adjust if Alabama/Clemson etc push for relaxed limits.
i didnt know there wasnt any high school football being played in illinois, they are here in arkansas! covid-19 dosent mean anything down here! hardly anybody wearing masks or gloves! covid records being set everyday! your right though, tough to recruit with no football going on!
 
we are the largest college in the state, and we cant even get illinois recruits to come here! this is damning! you have to get your own state's players! why they're not coming here i have no clue?? the coaches?? not winning games??
The state of Illinois is not a priority for this staff. The number of recruits match the effort of this staff. The staff does a decent job at landing the guys they actually want.
 
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The state of Illinois is not a priority for this staff. The number of recruits match the effort of this staff. The staff does a decent job at landing the guys they actually want.
They need to want a lot more. I've been so disappointed in the recruiting results. Remember last year after our little run, there was a lot of buzz on the recruiting trail. And we landed basically none of the guys we targeted at that time. I'm still relishing Saturday's game, but long term I'm no more optimistic that I was 2 weeks ago.
 
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So Moffitt committed to Appalachian State. I suppose now the question is did he decommit from a Big10 school to go play in the Sun Belt or did Illinois seek to move on for whatever reason?
 
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They need to want a lot more. I've been so disappointed in the recruiting results. Remember last year after our little run, there was a lot of buzz on the recruiting trail. And we landed basically none of the guys we targeted at that time. I'm still relishing Saturday's game, but long term I'm no more optimistic that I was 2 weeks ago.
Recruiting is so limited in 2020 that there is not much one can do to improve one's situation. The "Illinois" name doesn't mean much to most of these kids and that is basically what they are using to recruit with, in these times. I guarantee that everyone else is using the same methods and so name recognition becomes more prominent.
 
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Recruiting is so limited in 2020 that there is not much one can do to improve one's situation. The "Illinois" name doesn't mean much to most of these kids and that is basically what they are using to recruit with, in these times. I guarantee that everyone else is using the same methods and so name recognition becomes more prominent.
Maybe so, however the Illini face planting after the Wisconsin game did not help. Lovie tries to rely on his past when his name was somewhat relevant, and that does not sit well with HS Coaches or players. He has not recruited well since he has been here and the staff he surrounded himself with is not great with recruiting, minus a couple. Lovie does not get a pass, as he has run out of those here in year 5. I have my doubts that a miracle turnaround this year sparks the recruiting trail for the Illini due to Lovie's approach and inability to even close. Now beat OSU!!
 
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