Recruiting Wrap (April 2014)
Tim Beckman spent most of last week meeting with players.
Current ones the Illinois football team has.
Beckman, just like every other college football head coach, can’t hit the road recruiting right now.
Even at this critical juncture — the evaluation period — where assistant coaches are on the road for the majority of the time.
Mark Perry knows a thing or two about quarterback play.
About to enter his first season this fall as the head coach at Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School, Perry watched Tim Couch light up the SEC in the late 1990s since he was Couch’s backup at Kentucky.
Gabe Megginson didn't attend many Illinois football games growing up two hours away from Champaign-Urbana.
"I went to two games in junior high, between sixth grade and eighth grade," Megginson said.
The newest in-state commit for the Illini will have the opportunity to play in a bunch more once his college career starts during the 2015 season.
Landing a point guard is a major emphasis for Illinois when it comes to the Class of 2015.
In-state recruit Jalen Brunson from Stevenson is the one many Illinois fans are hoping spurns other high-major offers and settles on Illinois.
But John Groce isn’t just limiting his point guard options to Brunson, a five-star talent.
Illinois already has a quarterback commit in the Class of 2015.
Champaign Centennial's Jimmy Fitzgerald fits that description.
But Illinois is actively recruiting another in-state quarterback.
Albeit one that likely won't play quarterback in college.
Night football games are a Catch-22 situation for college coaches.
The wait until kickoff is long overdue.
Restless. Weary. Eager to play.
Those are just a few of the words that fit the description of how a head coach feels when it pertains to night games.
Excited. Relieved. Eager to shake hands.
Tim Beckman won't get the opportunity to go out on the road recruiting next week.
But his assistants will be out in full force.
The spring evaluation period gets going next Tuesday and runs through May 31.
And by evaluation, that's essentially all the Illinois coaches can do.
A name unfamiliar to many Illinois fans a month ago is one they are quickly becoming accustomed to hearing.
Maurice Watson Jr., the former Boston University point guard, is reportedly set to have an in-home visit with Illinois on Friday.
Had a chance to catch up recently with Illinois football recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh.
Even with spring ball entering its final week, recruiting is never far from his mind.
What are the biggest needs in the Class of 2015?
Golesh: Offensive line is the No. 1 need by far.
The McDonald’s All-American boys' basketball game is once again in the spotlight tonight.
And once again, no Illinois men’s basketball recruit is on the roster.
Yet the Land of Lincoln will be well-represented tonight (8:30, ESPN) when the East meets the West in the 37th annual game.