Even if Illinois football isn't necessarily racking up the wins this season, future Illini are enjoying seasons with winning squads.
Of the 19 Illinois football commits Tim Beckman has for the Class of 2013, 11 will have their season extended to at least another week beyond the regular season.
More will be determined after this weekend when Ohio announces its high school playoff pairings. That state — which has produced six Illinois commits — ends its regular season this weekend, with playoffs set to start the first weekend in November.
Here's a quick look at when and where to see Illinois football commits in action during their first state playoff games this weekend.
AARON BAILEY — If healthy, the Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School senior quarterback and crew will open defense of its Class 8A state championship at 7 p.m. on Friday at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park. Both squads are 7-2, and have met already this season, with Sandburg winning 13-6 in overtime on Oct. 5, the second game Bailey missed. Bailey is trying to come back from a sprained MCL in his right knee he suffered on Sept. 28 against Lincoln-Way East. He has not played since.
DILLAN CAZLEY — The senior defensive back from Charleston (Ill.) High School has had to miss time because of injury as well this season, missing his squad's first four games with a broken left ankle. Cazley and his 8-1 Trojans — who advanced last year to the Class 4A semifinals — will play at Charleston's Trojan Hill at 2 p.m. on Saturday against Bloomington Central Catholic.
JESSE CHADWELL — The senior offensive lineman from Clarkston (Mich.) High School and his Wolves, perfect so far at 9-0, will open its Division I playoffs at 7 p.m. on Friday at home against 6-3 Davison.
Side note: Michigan's playoffs are similar to Illinois in that there are eight classes with 32 teams in each, but instead of first-round, second-round and quarterfinal games leading up to the state semifinals and state championship games, the state has pre-district, district and regional games before each division has its final four schools. Another difference is unlike Illinois, which has its smallest schools at Class 1A and works its way up to its biggest schools in Class 8A, the biggest schools in Michigan play in Division I with the smaller schools in Division 8.
Side note, part II: If there's any Michigan high school football fans out there and I butchered that explanation, please let me know.
BRYCE DOUGLAS — The senior defensive tackle from Plainfield Central (Ill.) High School and his team will have a tough opener. The 6-3 Wildcats begin the Class 7A playoffs at unbeaten Lincoln-Way East at 7 p.m. on Friday.
KENDRICK FOSTER — The senior running back from Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) High School and his 7-2 Knights — which placed second in state last year in Class 6A — will open at home at 1 p.m. on Saturday against 7-2 Bloomington.
MICHAEL HERMOSILLO — The senior running back from Ottawa (Ill.) High School, who has helped lead the Pirates to a 9-0 season so far, will begin his playoffs at home at 2 p.m. on Saturday against 6-3 Normal Community.
MERRICK JACKSON — The senior defensive tackle from Belleville Althoff Catholic (Ill.) High School and his 6-3 squad will open the Class 2A playoffs at 6 p.m. on Saturday at unbeaten Chester.
JOSHUA JONES — The senior defensive back from Walled Lake Western (Mich.) High School and his 7-2 Warriors open the Division 2 playoffs at 7 p.m. on Friday at home against 6-3 Farmington.
DARIUS MOSELY — The senior defensive back from O'Fallon (Ill.) High School will head to the stomping grounds of current Illinois players Michael Buchanan and Supo Sanni. Mosely's 7-2 Panthers will hit the road to play 7-2 Homewood-Flossmoor at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in a Class 8A first-round playoff game.
REGGIE SPEARMAN — The senior linebacker from Chicago Simeon High School and his 7-1 Wolverines open the Class 8A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Chicago's Gately Stadium against 6-3 Bloom Township.
TYLER WHITE — The senior tight end from Plainwell (Mich.) High School and his 6-3 Trojans will hit the road for 7 p.m. game on Friday at 6-3 Hastings. Plainwell is in Division 3.