Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

#528      
the ole ball coach
I know, that overall , you can never have too many highly rated athletes as you can plug and play them in quite a few different spots on O , D & ST.
But it does seem like we are a little thick at WR and TE, considering also that BB in general , has a history of being more run / ball control on offense.

I have faith in him tho
 
#529      
Its probably closer to 15 not 20, but there’s a handful or so of guys and a ton of question marks and/or youth/inexperienced. Hightower, Washington, Navarro, Williams, Armstrong, and then Thompson and Beason(last 4 guys all changing to the wr position). Sandy’s not played a bunch. I like Bryant’s upside but he’s a true fresh. So getting a guy with millers upside is huge imo.
 
#535      
This is good!!!!!
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#538      
HUGE get! Beat out some legit programs that wanted him. 4 WR is a lot for one class, but Bryant is the only WR left from the past 2 classes, and although Beason and IW are "freshman" I'd be surprised if they were around 4 additional years.
Would love to see Brown and Allen added on the DL, but like what the staff is doing
 
#540      
Forgottonia
Is this what it feels like to be a legit program with highly-competent leadership?

I could get used to it.
The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that these kids are likely 2-3 years away from being impact players. I’m also hopeful for this year, but it still is going to take some time before we are where we want to be. Absolutely LOVE this staff tho.
 
#543      
@Title I’d love to hear your thoughts on this staffs recruiting. I like what is going on right now, but I feel like we are quiet in metro STL and maybe aren’t playing the politics there as well. I hope I’m wrong.
Isn’t one issue that they hired an East St. Louis coach as a staffer (Terry Hawthorne I think) so can’t sign anyone from there this class? Obviously that wouldn’t preclude recruiting players from other schools in the area, but could be why so quiet there this class. Not sure how accurate, but 247 has Illini with 25 offers thus far for 2023 class and 3 are from St. Louis area (and another from MO) while 4 are from IL.
 
#544      
@Title I’d love to hear your thoughts on this staffs recruiting. I like what is going on right now, but I feel like we are quiet in metro STL and maybe aren’t playing the politics there as well. I hope I’m wrong.
I think this staff is doing an excellent job executing their plan. With the pandemic, it was hard for a new staff to make an impression considering coaches haven’t had a chance to visit schools. I think you will see a little more activity next Spring for the 2023 class.
 
#545      
Lombard
I think this staff is doing an excellent job executing their plan. With the pandemic, it was hard for a new staff to make an impression considering coaches haven’t had a chance to visit schools. I think you will see a little more activity next Spring for the 2023 class.
Thank you, your insight is appreciated.
 
#546      
Dallas-Fort Worth
I think this staff is doing an excellent job executing their plan. With the pandemic, it was hard for a new staff to make an impression considering coaches haven’t had a chance to visit schools. I think you will see a little more activity next Spring for the 2023 class.
Title- Always appreciate your comments. Your insight isn’t always what I want to hear, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accurate. Really appreciate your contributions to the Loyalty community!!
 
#547      
Jared Mangham seemed like a long shot at best a month ago. I still highly doubt he comes here but wouldn’t be shocked. I would love to hear from someone that might know more. His decision coming August 1, according to 247.
 
#548      
Forgottonia
Jared Mangham seemed like a long shot at best a month ago. I still highly doubt he comes here but wouldn’t be shocked. I would love to hear from someone that might know more. His decision coming August 1, according to 247.
I don’t see anything on him. Is a transfer or HS?
 
#550      
Forgottonia
I’ll do some digging, but I see he picked up another crystal ball today for WV.