Recruiting Wrap (January 2014)
Jalen Brunson has a label bestowed upon him.
The best Class of 2015 point guard in the state of Illinois.
Playing in the northern suburbs of Chicago at Stevenson High School, Brunson has befuddled numerous opponents this season.
Recruiting services have taken note. Ditto for college coaches.
Quinn Oseland has a simple explanation for why his blond hair has transformed into curly locks that fall below his ears and cover his forehead.
“Just growing it out right now,” said Oseland, the Class of 2015 offensive tackle recruit from Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. “I see all the players in college that have long hair hanging out their helmets, and I want that.”
Mike Ellis has coached Shaun Livingston.
And coached against Chasson Randle.
The Evanston High School boys’ basketball coach has a player on his current roster who reminds him of both former Illinois high school talents.
For both his play-making and scoring abilities.
Leron Black will get the chance to play in plenty of college basketball arenas starting next season.
The Illinois recruit from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station High School has his first opportunity to play on a college floor this season at 6:30 tonight.
Alex Golesh said it four weeks ago.
The Illinois football recruiting coordinator realizes when the team recruiting rankings are unveiled in early February, Illinois won't find itself at the head of the Big Ten class.
No, the Illini will not. And Illinois mostly likely won't even factor into the top half of such rankings.
Every college basketball coach loves to have five-star high school recruits.
So does its fan base.
Gives credence to recruiting reputations of coaches and reasons to boast about reeling in big-time talent.
Every roster, though, isn't just littered with such prospects.
There aren't enough to go around.