Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

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Dan

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Welcome to the Illinois Football Recruiting Thread :illinois:

2025 Illini Football Commits

1) OL Michael McDonough (January 19th, 2024)
2) QB Carson Boyd (January 27th, 2024)
3) OL Griffin Rousseau (January 29th, 2024)
4) DB Andre Lovett (March 11th, 2024)
5) DB Xanai Scott (March 12th, 2024)
6) WR Brayden Trimble (May 20th, 2024)
7) DL Cameron Brooks (June 9th, 2024)
8) DL Isaiah White (June 10th, 2024)
9) DB Desmond Straughton (June 23rd, 2024)
10) DE Erik Gayle (June 26th, 2024)
11) RB Cedric Wyche (June 29th, 2024)
12) DB Robert Jones (June 29th, 2024)
13) ATH Jershaun Newton (July 4th, 2024)
 
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12 of the 16 SEC schools and only 5 of the 18 Big Ten schools, for reference.
Even if the middling SEC teams like Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina are getting a top 100 recruit here and there, they still have no shot at competing. The SEC knows that and is the reason why they refuse to go to a 9 game schedule
 
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Even if the middling SEC teams like Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina are getting a top 100 recruit here and there, they still have no shot at competing. The SEC knows that and is the reason why they refuse to go to a 9 game schedule

Exactly. Their teams schedule 4 easy wins so it just takes 2 conf wins to be bowl eligible
 
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mhuml32

Cincinnati, OH
Even if the middling SEC teams like Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina are getting a top 100 recruit here and there, they still have no shot at competing. The SEC knows that and is the reason why they refuse to go to a 9 game schedule

It's one of their better decisions. As long as they can keep convincing university presidents to keep the free win instead of another $4-5 million on their checks, plus stay close enough to the B1G media deal, then they're golden.
 
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TentakilRex

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12 of the 16 SEC schools and only 5 of the 18 Big Ten schools, for reference.
This is another reason why this "P2" nonsense past-their-prime media companies want and dumb reporters view as an inevitability is stupid. There are quite a few schools full of people that will happily buy recruits, both average joes and multi-million dollar boosters. Heck only 2 of the old SWC schools are in the SEC (and none are in the B1G) and those schools were buying players when Ed O'Bannon was a baby if not much earlier.

BTW network execs, customers of college football products are much less willing to spend money if their favorite schools get put into the NCAA's version of AAA football.
 
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ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
This is another reason why this "P2" nonsense past-their-prime media companies want and dumb reporters view as an inevitability is stupid.
Top 25 classes in 2024 (combined HS and Portal)

SEC - 13 of 16
Big Ten - 7 of 18
ACC - 3 of 16 (Clemson and Florida State guaranteed to join the P2 when TV rights allow)
Big XII - 1 of 16 (Deion Sanders guaranteed to join the P2 if coaching success allows)
Notre Dame - 1 of 1

Make no mistake, it's a P2 now and forever. Once TV revenue sharing with the players starts happening that will crystallize even further.
 
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