Recruiting is a year-round endeavor for college football coaches.
The letter writing never ends. Neither do the Facebook or Twitter messages.
The summer months are spent securing commitments for the upcoming class of signees.
Fall is spent juggling time between their current team and getting out to high school or junior college games to evaluate players.
Winter is following up on the earlier commitments to make sure they’re still solid with their program before signing day arrives in February, a national holiday for college football fans and coaches.
The spring months are their first chance to really hone in on players for the upcoming class and a chance for assistant coaches to hit the road.
All assistant coaches have particular areas of the country where they are in charge of recruiting efforts, along with certain positions as well.
The coaches can’t start going to high school games until Sept. 1, but when they do, here’s where you could see some of the Illinois assistant coaches this fall.
“If we’re going to see a committed kid play, it might be the area coach because what you want to do during the day is go see some other kids in your area,” Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh said. “If it’s truly evaluating a kid, you want the position coach to go or the coordinator to go.”
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit’s areas
1. Chicago Catholic League schools
2. Florida (Broward County up to Daytona Beach on the eastern part of the state)
Defensive coordinator Tim Banks’ areas
1. Chicago (north part of city)
2. Indianapolis and southern Indiana
3. Florida (Tampa and western part of the state)
4. Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach Alex Golesh
1. Northwest suburbs and western suburbs of Chicago
2. Central and southern Ohio
4. Arkansas, Oklahoma and New York
5. Junior colleges except Kansas junior colleges
Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker’s areas
1. Northern suburbs of Chicago
2. Northeast Ohio
Defensive line coach Greg Colby’s areas
1. Central Illinois
3. New Jersey
Wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy
1. Chicago (south part of the city)
2. Southern Chicago suburbs
3. Atlanta (south half of the city)
4. California junior colleges
Inside linebackers coach Mike Ward’s areas
1. Southwestern suburbs of Chicago
2. Northern Indiana
3. Northwest Ohio
4. Kansas junior colleges
Outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson’s areas
1. Western suburbs of Chicago
2. Northern Illinois
3. Florida (Dade County)
4. Atlanta (norther half of city)
Running backs coach/special teams coordinator Tim Salem’s areas
1. St. Louis
3. Metro St. Louis area on Illinois side
4. North suburbs of Chicago
5. Central Florida (Orlando, Jacksonville area)
6. Fort Worth, Texas