Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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I think it was an issue for Lovie because he also wasn't building relationships with HS coaches and the portal was becoming our only way to get talent. I think BB will likely have a year of heavy transfer, but he also is making a show of building relationships that looks like we could eventually have consistent recruiting.
I really like Barnes, Hart and Tolson at ILB, but can't help but think that BB would like to have some bigger guys inside, like Sanborn/Chenal @ WI.

Looking forward to seeing how the roster transforms over the next 2 years.
 
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I think it was an issue for Lovie because he also wasn't building relationships with HS coaches and the portal was becoming our only way to get talent. I think BB will likely have a year of heavy transfer, but he also is making a show of building relationships that looks like we could eventually have consistent recruiting.
This is the right answer.
 
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Four star DL Selah Brown announced tonight that Illini is in his top 3 along with Louisville and Northwestern. He’s from Louisville and 4 crystal balls for that school, so not sure how much of a chance Illini have. No date given for his commitment date — just said soon.
 
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Four star DL Selah Brown announced tonight that Illini is in his top 3 along with Louisville and Northwestern. He’s from Louisville and 4 crystal balls for that school, so not sure how much of a chance Illini have. No date given for his commitment date — just said soon.
Being in the race is an improvement. Means we are starting to be in the ears of some HS coaches
 
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Four star DL Selah Brown announced tonight that Illini is in his top 3 along with Louisville and Northwestern. He’s from Louisville and 4 crystal balls for that school, so not sure how much of a chance Illini have. No date given for his commitment date — just said soon.
The CB's are all from a good bit of time ago. I think there's a chance here. His recruitment has been pretty quiet.
 
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It will be tough to get Brown away from UofL. I was told he is a very bright young man. Hope we get him and he was able to see how Nate Hobbs was at UofI. If it is like basketball we will be in second place. His high school team is the best in the state. No one is close. They have a bunch of athletes on the team.
 
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Was trying to find a spot to put this....so threw it in this thread. No I am not giving up on Illinois at all this year. Have seen this QB situation at Illinois for years and reaching out to see what some think or want on this subject.


I knew this wouldn't be an overnight turn around. Due to Covid/Injuries/(more likely) Poor Performance it seems like Illinois has shuffled QBs for many years. I think we have some nice pieces but lose a ton of O-Line experience.

What do some expect for Illinois to do at QB next season? Know we have a few guys coming back.....but are there any guys on the roster that will keep us from constantly rotating guys continually based on performance?

I would be intrigued to see if Samari Collier can progress watching this year and see if he can battle for playing time next year. Looks like a big kid with a strong arm. Guess I am hoping for Collier to come out swinging or finding a more talented transfer in the portal.
 
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Being in the race is an improvement. Means we are starting to be in the ears of some HS coaches
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I also would like to see Collier get some reps this year. As others have said, "Big and strong arm." What can it hurt? I wonder if IW would have stayed at qb would he be starting? That is not to say that the Johnson kid might be a suitable replacement. Watching Sitkowski from his Rutgers days he hasn't changed that much. I just don't think he is the answer either.
 
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Wow, BB says not a single O-Linemen from the last three classes is worthy of a two-deep spot? Offensive Lineman, a strong point of all his Wisconsin teams is a must! Time to find some monsters who want to play and want to win!
 
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Wow, BB says not a single O-Linemen from the last three classes is worthy of a two-deep spot? Offensive Lineman, a strong point of all his Wisconsin teams is a must! Time to find some monsters who want to play and want to win!
The guys who have committed in the incoming class look like hogs and could definitely develop quickly.

I also would like to see Collier get some reps this year. As others have said, "Big and strong arm." What can it hurt? I wonder if IW would have stayed at qb would he be starting? That is not to say that the Johnson kid might be a suitable replacement. Watching Sitkowski from his Rutgers days he hasn't changed that much. I just don't think he is the answer either.
Definitely wouldn't hurt to get Collier in there. He's more mobile and more of an athlete than Sitkowski and can develop nicely in Petersen's offense
 
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Morrison, CO
The guys who have committed in the incoming class look like hogs and could definitely develop quickly.


Definitely wouldn't hurt to get Collier in there. He's more mobile and more of an athlete than Sitkowski and can develop nicely in Petersen's offense
Not that I'm against the idea of Collier (heck, I'd be open to having tryouts in The Grove before each home game...might be able to uncover an Uncle Rico waiting for his big chance) but does anybody have any idea where he is on the mythical depth chart? Preseason estimates I saw had him buried behind Robinson and Johnson which has to make you wonder.
 
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Not that I'm against the idea of Collier (heck, I'd be open to having tryouts in The Grove before each home game...might be able to uncover an Uncle Rico waiting for his big chance) but does anybody have any idea where he is on the mythical depth chart? Preseason estimates I saw had him buried behind Robinson and Johnson which has to make you wonder.
I believe he is not on the official depth chart ( I believe most team do 3-4 deep) My guess is that he after Johnson but Johnson is a preferred walk on.

No offense to BP or Sitkowski but neither one has been reading the field well and been able to get the ball to the WRs even on check downs. I can recall watching BP missing wide open Barker or Ford on 2-3 yard out on check down plays.

Also, any chance we can put I.W back at QB? At least it would move the sticks and possibly put some life into this stagnant offense
 
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I believe he is not on the official depth chart ( I believe most team do 3-4 deep) My guess is that he after Johnson but Johnson is a preferred walk on.

No offense to BP or Sitkowski but neither one has been reading the field well and been able to get the ball to the WRs even on check downs. I can recall watching BP missing wide open Barker or Ford on 2-3 yard out on check down plays.

Also, any chance we can put I.W back at QB? At least it would move the sticks and possibly put some life into this stagnant offense
If we move IW to qb who is he going to throw to? He's been our only reliable receiver so far this season
 
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I believe he is not on the official depth chart ( I believe most team do 3-4 deep) My guess is that he after Johnson but Johnson is a preferred walk on.

No offense to BP or Sitkowski but neither one has been reading the field well and been able to get the ball to the WRs even on check downs. I can recall watching BP missing wide open Barker or Ford on 2-3 yard out on check down plays.

Also, any chance we can put I.W back at QB? At least it would move the sticks and possibly put some life into this stagnant offense
I highly doubt we’ll see IW back at QB. If BB thought IW had any future as a QB then I don’t think he would have made the position switch. And he’s shown ability at WR, so switch seems to be working. Plus after seeing how bad he missed Peters a few games ago, throwing still isn’t his strength.
 
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