Was Illinois ever in serious competition for him? Seems like we don't do well in the QC area.
I'm with you. The QC has never seemed to be a strong area for recruiting. I think that part of the state, despite being in Illinois, seems so much more tied to Iowa. It's a shorter drive to the Iowa campus and media coverage matters too. The Iowa influence is stronger there. In Carton's case, that's obviously not the case- he's eliminated Iowa and Illinois so he's got his own reasons but historically I agree- the QC is a tough spot.
Bruce Douglas is the last one I can remember...and that was a long, long time ago.
I can't remember a single Illinois football or basketball player from the Iowa side (Davenport, Bettendorf) and only a few football players from the Illinois side (Moline, Rock Island). Moline and Rock Island have produced a few basketball players over the years (e.g., Chasson Randle), but we haven't landed them. Ethan Happ was from a small Illinois town 30 mins outside the QC.
Bruce Douglas was from Quincy which might as well be in a different state. It's closer to Columbia, MO and Iowa City.
I'm always skeptical when I see recruiting targets from the QC or Quincy.