Recruiting Wrap (May 2013)

Schrader: 'Malcolm is a very committed person'

Before Abel Schrader became the head boys' basketball coach at Belleville East, the former Southern Illinois-Carbondale guard knew about Malcolm Hill.

Had heard about Malcolm Hill.

Had seen Malcolm Hill.

And couldn't wait to coach Malcolm Hill.


Kanteman becomes late addition

Trevor Kanteman will join the Illinois football team.

It's just unclear exactly when he might actually take the field for the Illini.

Illinois received a verbal commitment from the tight end/H-back last week.


Reaching recruits in new ways

The vast world of social media is endless.

It stays that way when it involves its use in college football recruiting, too.

College coaches are always trying to evolve, look for the slightest edge, get in with a recruit in different way other than the standard mail.

Hello social media.


No Illini commits in Rivals' Top 250

By the time Rivals.com released its top 250 players with the Class of 2013, Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey and Darby (Ohio) wide receiver/defensive back Caleb Day represented Illinois on that list.

Both weren't high on the list — Bailey checked in at No. 159 and Day was slotted in at No. 218 — but were still included in the field of elite players.


Sizing up transfer QBs in the Big Ten

Wes Lunt is transferring from Oklahoma State. This much we know.

And it appears the Rochester product will choose between Illinois and Louisville after Cowboys coach Mike Gundy put severe restrictions on where the quarterback can play his final three seasons of college football.

Lunt isn't eligible to play until the 2014 season.


A few Monday recruiting notes

Marcus Berry is adamant about getting the chance to leave campus for football recruiting purposes.

Tim Beckman backs up the stance from his director of player personnel.

Current NCAA rules prohibit Berry from leaving campus to help with recruiting.


Bailey will arrive soon

Most of the Illinois quarterback talk on Thursday revolved around Wes Lunt.

The former Oklahoma State quarterback and Rochester product was reportedly on campus for a visit.

If Lunt does decide to pick his home-state school, he'll have three years of eligibility left. We'll have to wait and see if that happens.


Berry: 'You have to have players'

Building relationships.

It's a theme Illinois football's director of player personnel Marcus Berry harps on when it comes to recruiting, his main responsibility in his new position with the Illini.

Relationships is what got Berry, a former coach at Friendly (Md.) High School, into the college ranks.


Berry comfortable with recruiting role

Marcus Berry won’t coach on the sidelines during the fall for the Illinois football team.

He won’t hit the road, either, visiting high schools in an effort to land a recruit for the Illini.

Yet the Cleveland native is vital to Tim Beckman’s recruiting efforts.

Berry has had the job of director of player personnel at Illinois for nearly three months.


Jordan opening some eyes

Plainfield East is a relatively new school.

The suburban Chicago high school of 1,860 students opened in 2009.

Walking the hallways now is easily the most highly-regarded Division I basketball prospect in the school’s brief history.



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