Recruiting Wrap

Miller, Edwards among spring game visitors

Tim Beckman won't get the opportunity to go out on the road recruiting next week.

But his assistants will be out in full force.

The spring evaluation period gets going next Tuesday and runs through May 31.

And by evaluation, that's essentially all the Illinois coaches can do.


Who is Maurice Watson Jr.?

A name unfamiliar to many Illinois fans a month ago is one they are quickly becoming accustomed to hearing.

Maurice Watson Jr., the former Boston University point guard, is reportedly set to have an in-home visit with Illinois on Friday.


Three questions with Alex Golesh

Had a chance to catch up recently with Illinois football recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh.

Even with spring ball entering its final week, recruiting is never far from his mind.

What are the biggest needs in the Class of 2015?
Golesh: Offensive line is the No. 1 need by far.


McDonald's All-American primer for Illinois

The McDonald’s All-American boys' basketball game is once again in the spotlight tonight.

And once again, no Illinois men’s basketball recruit is on the roster.

Yet the Land of Lincoln will be well-represented tonight (8:30, ESPN) when the East meets the West in the 37th annual game.


Offers increase for Oseland

Northern Illinois, Oregon and Ohio State were all in serious discussion for a BCS bowl game last November.

Illinois was just fighting for a chance at a bowl game, which ultimately did not come.

All four schools, according to highly-regarded right tackle Quinn Oseland, are recruiting him the hardest.


Brunson at five-star status

Signing day is still more than seven months away for these recruits.

Heck, the current batch of blue-chip high school seniors still haven't had the chance to play in the McDonald's All-American game or other all-star games.


Weekend Wrap — Brunson wows in Peoria

Every week during the high school basketball season, recruiting blogger MATT DANIELS will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's worth of games, although only targets were the ones in action during the final week of the season.

THE TARGETS


Finke still starring at Centennial

Boston University forward Dom Morris attempted a hurried layup on the right block.

Nnanna Egwu went up to grab the rebound of the errant shot he contested.

A time zone away, Michael Finke leaned forward on the leather couch inside his family's house in southwest Champaign a little past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.


Boykin likes Illini potential

Miles Boykin is considered one of the preeminent Class of 2015 talents in Illinois.

Getting the four-star wide receiver from New Lenox Providence Catholic High School to eventually head two hours south to play college football in Champaign is a main priority for Tim Beckman’s staff.


Illini pick up recruiting boost with addition of Juice

The recruiting process isn't a faded memory for Juice Williams.

Good thing, too.

The 26-year-old former Illinois quarterback who led the Illini to their most recent Rose Bowl will find himself firmly entrenched with recruiting in his new job on Tim Beckman's staff.

Tuesday is Williams' first day on Beckman's staff as director of alumni and former players relations.


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