Nothing other than a guess but maybe a personal connection to Aaron Henry? He’s from fla.Anyone know anything about 4-star 2023 DL recruit Payton Kirkland from Florida (other than what is on his 247 page)? I noticed last night he tweeted that he received an offer from Illinois and the tweet said, “This one means a lot.” Anyone know if he has some kind of connection to Illinois or was he just being nice? He has about 45 offers, so it would be interesting to know if there is some story behind him.
There is a Tianna Kirkland who is head coordinator of recruiting for Fahey. No mention at all of FL in her bio (went to Ferris State and then worked in Michigan prior to coming to IL), but that doesn’t mean anything. Would be great and quite a coup if he came to Illinois.A poster on 247 said his (Kirkland) sister works for Fahey in the Ath. Dept.
Feagin is visiting again (2nd week in a row). I think we're getting him.
That article does a remarkably poor job of explaining the situation.
I agree on this point. Last year, BB and his staff didn't have a grip on who could do what. I would hope, after a year with the players, they would know who they would like to offer a 5th year.
My rough count just now was 73 scholarship players with the ability to come back for 2022. So if we're planning to bring as many as 30 in, that means 18 have to go in order to fit. There will obviously be some natural attrition, but that's gonna be a lot of Creaning.
But this will be every program in the country. It's gonna be nuts.
And of course, keen observers will note that the NCAA's claim that 2020 would be a "free year" for the players, inducing them to head back to campus in the teeth of Covid last year, was absolutely a bald-faced lie if the 85-scholarship limit remains. Color me shocked.
Anyway, I do get a little trepidation about this, because the seesaw from "yes, we want EVERYBODY back, even you Desmond Dan and Kendall Smith and Marchese Brother Number Five" to "the bottom 25% of the roster is getting thrown overboard into a transfer market where very few slots are available" is going to be some whiplash in that locker room.
He was a 2-star recruit out of Bolingbrook, IL who spent the 2019-20 seasons at Independence Community College (Juco), before accepting a preferred walk-on role at OU for this season. If he's already shopping, it sounds like it isn't going to work out in Norman. It's hard to see that he's any sort of upgrade, but I don't really know.
Just saw this tweet. Don’t know anything about him. I’m assuming most any transfer from OU would be a nice pickup, but is this kid any good?
Looks like he entered the transfer portal, so he's not with the team anymore
Got it - thanks.Looks like he entered the transfer portal, so he's not with the team anymore