Recruiting Wrap (June 2013)
Jimmy Fitzgerald is making the rounds this summer.
Like every other up-and-coming football prospect in the Class of 2015, the Champaign Centennial (Ill.) quarterback was a visitor at college campuses in June.
Illinois, which offered Fitzgerald his first scholarship on May 7, is still his only Football Bowl Subdivision offer.
The high school football season will start in full swing before September hits the calendar.
With it comes the droves of college coaches who will want to check in on committed players for the Class of 2014, players in the Class of 2014 who haven’t picked a school yet and possible prospects in the Class of 2015 and 2016.
Austin Roberts isn’t a Clay Matthews or Green Bay Packers fan.
Nor did he root heavily for Brian Urlacher when the play-making linebacker was with the Chicago Bears.
Since he was born in New Jersey and lived roughly 20 minutes away from Philadelphia until he was 8 years old, the recent Illinois football commit cheered for Andy Reid’s old team.
Mike Dudek can relax a bit more this summer.
Instead of jetting across the Midwest and other parts of the country for college camps, the Illinois commit in the Class of 2014 is focusing his time on replicating last season’s success at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.
Possibly taking it to even greater heights, too.
Bill Cubit has recruiting ties throughout the country.
His main areas at Illinois are the Chicago Catholic League and south Florida.
Wherever elite quarterbacks are at, too.
Which is what Wes Lunt is and why Cubit improved his recruiting reach after helping land the former Rochester product and Oklahoma State transfer quarterback to Illinois.
Thursday resulted in some good recruiting news for Illinois football (Austin Roberts) and bad news for Illinois basketball (JaQuan Lyle).
The announcement by Lyle that Illinois did not find his way on to the list was a bit surprising.
The thought of Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander both coming to Illinois would excite the fan base.
That's an understatement.
Even though the likelihood of the two elite post players from Chicago heading south down Interstate 57 isn't all that great, Okafor and Alexander found themselves linked once again on Wednesday afternoon.