Recruiting Wrap (September 2013)
Every week during the football season, Illinois football beat writer MATT DANIELS will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend’s games.
Here are a few notes from Week 6.
The Illinois football team only has one offensive lineman committed so far in the Class of 2014.
But he's a good one. An All-American in fact.
Nick Allegretti, a center at Lincoln-Way (Ill.) East High School who committed to Illinois on March 11, will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, 2014 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Illinois men’s basketball fans in Champaign won’t have to travel far to see one of John Groce’s recruits.
Michael Finke of Centennial plays his home games for the Chargers about 10 minutes away from the State Farm Center.
For those who will head south this winter at any point, pit stops in Louisville and Memphis might pop up on the travel plans.
Tim Beckman did not have of his many assistant coaches around the Illinois football offices on Monday and Tuesday.
Illinois took advantage of its first bye week of the season by sending the majority of its assistants out on the road to recruit before Illinois practiced on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since losing 34-24 to Washington last Saturday at Soldier Field.
Matt Sinclair can't coach.
Can't go off-campus to recruit.
Can't evaluate players.
Yet the former Illinois linebacker is vital to recruiting efforts for Tim Beckman's program.
Sinclair, who started in mid-April as the assistant director of player personnel and relations, works closely with director of player personnel Marcus Berry.
Illinois football has not had a new Class of 2014 recruit commit for almost seven weeks.
It's pretty clear why.
Illinois, with 12 commits already lined up and a small senior class, has nearly finished its Class of 2014, with three or four spots left to fill.
Just as noteworthy in the past seven weeks is Illinois has not had a player decommit.