Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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You mean the fans? I don't think the coaching staff has. BB praised him as the scout team QB and he was behind Ryan Johnson in the depth chart, so ahead of the more experienced Matt Robinson. Even if he somehow earns the starting job as a RS freshman, as unlikely it may be, the team still needs a competent backup or someone to push for the starting QB job.
Yeah, I mean BB and the staff. I know it's not ideal for a RS freshman to be your QB1. However, I am hoping they kept him off the field to protect his eligibility and maturity and not because of talent.

I hear you on making the position more competitive on the team.
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
The offensive line was “supposed” to be a strength, I don’t think that proved true, except for a few drives so far this season. That, apparently, prompted Bielema to comment that no offensive lineman on the roster were worthy of first or second string on the Oline. Maybe that was just a motivational move, I know he took a bit of a beating for saying it. I also like some of the kids on the current roster, and a few that are in the 2022 recruiting class. I’d say , minimum 3 transfer Olinemen that can come in with a chance to start, or back up immediately. The 2023 Illinois HS class is chock full of highly ranked Olinemen also… need to score there in the next class. All the top teams in the BIG have excellent Olines… it’s a must to be consistently competitive.

PFF grades for Illinois tackles (out of 450):

Alex Palczewski: 42 (later moved to guard)
Vederian Lowe: 46
Julian Pearl: 136

PFF grades for Illinois guards (out of 476):
Jack Badovinac: 34
Alex Pihlstrom: 210
Blake Jeresaty: 331 (only got one pass block snap after week 4)

PFF grades for Illinois centers (out of 227)
Doug Kramer: 21


Lowe is a lock for all-B1G. Kramer is a victim of poor circumstances (three of the top 4 centers by PFF are all in the B1G) but he's a lock for honorable mention. Badovinac has a similar angst (34th best guard but only 8th best in B1G) so he's likely honorable mention as well. Palczewski probably won't be honorable mention but has a shot. This group did an excellent job considering the carousel at QB, the rash of RB injuries, and learning a new system. I would love if the 2022 offensive line unit does a similar job.
 
#607      
So freakin cool we have someone named Magnus on the team. Doesn't that mean "the best or largest"?
From the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the name can mean "great," or "power house."

Magnus "Power House" Moller
 
#609      
So freakin cool we have someone named Magnus on the team. Doesn't that mean "the best or largest"?
Would also like to know, will the O in his last name have a slash in it when applied to the jersey? My hope is yes.
 
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Browsing the 247 portal, saw Kyron Cumby re-entered the portal this fall after enrolling at Texas Tech.
 
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hooraybeer

Pittsburgh, PA
Hot take: Illinois won't be considered

Actual hot take and ignoring the frustration this would cause Illinois: Rattler should strongly consider Wisconsin
he should consider playing for the coach who when at wisconsin took on a QB transfer by the name of russell wilson and coached him to B1G QB of the year and 3rd round NFL draft pick. one of the best QB-transfer success stories
 
#615      
I have a lot of questions about what exactly we are looking for in a QB.

Are most QB's labeled as dual-threat nowadays since more offenses seem to have purposeful QB running? Do we get some advantage since we seem to say we want a pro-style QB and less coaches are looking for that style? Are we really looking for a dual-threat QB but only a threat to run when he has to?

Costelli from Utah seems pretty ideal if we want a passer first, runner only if necessary according to the 247 description.
 
#620      
Watch out for the name of Simi Moala OT Utah. 6-7 312. He is a beast on the OL. He has multiple years left. Kayden Lyles from Wisky will be a nice fit on the interior. He is 6-3 323. We grab these two or players similar, we are in good shape. Brown and McCray will love to run behind these players
Good info.
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
he should consider playing for the coach who when at wisconsin took on a QB transfer by the name of russell wilson and coached him to B1G QB of the year and 3rd round NFL draft pick. one of the best QB-transfer success stories

Pass the optimism this way
Bill Murray Drinking GIF by Groundhog Day



He'll go to one of the blue bloods.
 
#625      
It seems like it would be difficult to play OL at 6'9". Hard to get low enough to block those 6'2" chunky D linemen. Many successful offensive lineman playing at that size?

I think he makes a good RT/Strongside tackle. He's massive which helps in the run game and looks like he has a great wingspan which really helps with keeping DE's at bay who are good with their arms. It also keeps him out of the passing lanes in the middle of the field.
 
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