Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

#576      
I think the new staff's recruiting results are as good as can be reasonably expected. I think the much more important task will be making the current squad competitive on the field this fall. If that happens, recruiting will take off.
I agree that getting some results on the field this year is very important. I’m not sure if that will have recruiting really taking off, but it will give some momentum. That will be crucial cuz next year’s team could have some real problems.
 
#577      
Looked back at Bielema's recruiting history at Wisconsin. Shoot Zook seemed to have out-recruited him almost every year.

Year National Rank B1G Rank Avg. Rating
2006 36 5/11 84.00
2007 32 4/11 85.61
2008 37 5/11 83.92
2009 42 7/11 84.45
2010 46 6/11 84.61
2011 44 8/11 83.09
2012 65 12/11 85.43

At Arkansas, he seems to have gotten about 4 4*s per year.

I really think we can expect Bielema to do good things with the current experienced roster he has and the solid 3*s he is bringing in. With some respectable success on the field this year, and finally getting recruits into the new building, I think we might see the floor of this program raised to a place we are all happy with.
 
#578      
Cincinnati, OH
I went and found their football forum after Aidan committed, it was enjoyable. They were going as far as saying if continues like this Ferentz might retire in next year or two. They have supposedly lost most of their top targets. It sounds like Iowa St. has become a huge problem for them.

Bingo. Iowa State taking their program to unprecedented heights + Minnesota hiring Fleck (who's an excellent recruiter and going into Iowa's coveted west suburbs and beating them for recruits) + Wisconsin's recruiting success really taking off across the Midwest + Bielema bringing a greater focus to Illinois for UI. It's really squeezing Iowa around the margins that they had been very successful for the past decade.
 
#579      
Cincinnati, OH
Looked back at Bielema's recruiting history at Wisconsin. Shoot Zook seemed to have out-recruited him almost every year.

Year National Rank B1G Rank Avg. Rating
2006 36 5/11 84.00
2007 32 4/11 85.61
2008 37 5/11 83.92
2009 42 7/11 84.45
2010 46 6/11 84.61
2011 44 8/11 83.09
2012 65 12/11 85.43

At Arkansas, he seems to have gotten about 4 4*s per year.

I really think we can expect Bielema to do good things with the current experienced roster he has and the solid 3*s he is bringing in. With some respectable success on the field this year, and finally getting recruits into the new building, I think we might see the floor of this program raised to a place we are all happy with.

It helps when the one team in your division that is boat-racing you in recruiting has a coach that struggles mightily come game time. This has been Nebraska's problem since they let Pelini go. They bring in a ton of talent but consistently get less from their recruiting than the rest of the Big Ten West.
 
#580      
Cary, IL
Bingo. Iowa State taking their program to unprecedented heights + Minnesota hiring Fleck (who's an excellent recruiter and going into Iowa's coveted west suburbs and beating them for recruits) + Wisconsin's recruiting success really taking off across the Midwest + Bielema bringing a greater focus to Illinois for UI. It's really squeezing Iowa around the margins that they had been very successful for the past decade.
:)
 
#581      
South Carolina
Bingo. Iowa State taking their program to unprecedented heights + Minnesota hiring Fleck (who's an excellent recruiter and going into Iowa's coveted west suburbs and beating them for recruits) + Wisconsin's recruiting success really taking off across the Midwest + Bielema bringing a greater focus to Illinois for UI. It's really squeezing Iowa around the margins thatS they had been very successful for the past decade.
Sure hope that this is an evolving story over the next 3-4 years. Let's keep making inroads.
 
#586      
Forgottonia
Mike Manning, DB from Butler (went to Lincoln Way East) is transferring into the Orange & Blue. Not sure if it's PWO or scholarship transfer.
If he wasn’t already in the portal, and I didn’t see him, he would have to sit at this point correct? As a PWO, that might be his best route anyway.
 
#590      
Working From Home
Looked back at Bielema's recruiting history at Wisconsin. Shoot Zook seemed to have out-recruited him almost every year.

Year National Rank B1G Rank Avg. Rating
2006 36 5/11 84.00
2007 32 4/11 85.61
2008 37 5/11 83.92
2009 42 7/11 84.45
2010 46 6/11 84.61
2011 44 8/11 83.09
2012 65 12/11 85.43

At Arkansas, he seems to have gotten about 4 4*s per year.

I really think we can expect Bielema to do good things with the current experienced roster he has and the solid 3*s he is bringing in. With some respectable success on the field this year, and finally getting recruits into the new building, I think we might see the floor of this program raised to a place we are all happy with.

I posted this back in December (https://www.illinoisloyalty.com/pos...-illinois-football.25807/page-24#post-1568968)

"Okay, so I decided to compare these numbers further, putting into perspective the top Big Ten and bottom Big Ten classes each year to give some context. Illinois was obviously near the bottom of the Big Ten every year from 2010-2017 (although never technically the worst class). And it's interesting to visualize that even Bret Bielema's best classes at Wisconsin and Arkansas aren't near the top. For example, his 2016 class at Arkansas was #23 in the country and #9 in the SEC (would have been #6 in the Big Ten).

Conclusion: Bielema's teams have never blown anyone away in recruiting prowess, but almost anything would be an improvement for Illinois. Very interested to see how Bielema shapes this roster short-term/long-term and who he hires to spearhead recruiting."


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#592      
Flatout Bobby Roundtree saved my son's life this year after a blood clot in his shoulder he was being recruited by quite a few Division 1 schools and after of blood clot in the shoulder and his arm and he had to have surgery they quit talking to him Bobby Roundtree saved his life he was his buddy on Instagram
 
#593      
My son is now healthy the blood clot is gone they fixed it he is now getting big again he is lifting every night he is going to a community college and he will transfer to the University of Illinois next year or at spring semester he's six foot one 195 lb free safety who runs a four 5:40 and he hits like a Mack truck and he also has a high IQ football level so we'll see what happens but Bobby Roundtree saved his life guys thank you so much
 
#595      
Cincinnati, OH
Bret Bielema's Recruiting Class
2022 - 36th ranked class / 15 commits / .8486 / 6 top-1000 recruits / 9th ranked B1G class

247 updated a bunch of player ratings over the past week. Fries is now top-1000. Purdue passed Illinois (thanks for a 4⭐ commitment).

Recruits who received a positive bump: Fries, J. Anderson, Whitenack, Hollins, Leary, Beatty, Hood, and Leonard
Recruits who received a negative bump: Badie and Boyer
 
#596      
Cincinnati, OH
Looking at in-state recruiting rankings, anyone have insight on the lack of offer for Ahmad Robinson at East St. Louis? Could really use at least one secondary recruit in this class, he would provide some in-roads at an important HS/area, ranked highly, has a Mizzou offer, but only committed to Arkansas State.
 
#597      
Looking at in-state recruiting rankings, anyone have insight on the lack of offer for Ahmad Robinson at East St. Louis? Could really use at least one secondary recruit in this class, he would provide some in-roads at an important HS/area, ranked highly, has a Mizzou offer, but only committed to Arkansas State.

1) I think Robinson is a very good prospect
2) I don't think the Mizzou offer was committable, but they do a good job catering to ESL. Hopefully we can get back in, but Lovie ignored the school after Jeff Thomas
3) I am pretty sure with the Hawthorne hire, we can't recruit any '22 ESLers
4) I'd still like to see offers for McVay, Patterson, etc. even if they are unlikely to come
 
#598      
1) I think Robinson is a very good prospect
2) I don't think the Mizzou offer was committable, but they do a good job catering to ESL. Hopefully we can get back in, but Lovie ignored the school after Jeff Thomas
3) I am pretty sure with the Hawthorne hire, we can't recruit any '22 ESLers
4) I'd still like to see offers for McVay, Patterson, etc. even if they are unlikely to come
Correct. No ESL guys this class.
 
#600      
Does anyone know the story on Washington? Wake coach indicated an academic issue that wasn't his fault but it seems odd that that impacts his Wake eligibility but not his Illinois eligibility.
I believe it was more along the lines of credits at Illinois for his major wasnt transfering to wake or something like that. (Dont quote me on that but I believe thats what I’ve read.) Needless to say hes very much needed and im glad hes back.