Miller, Edwards among spring game visitors

Miller, Edwards among spring game visitors

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.

"You can be what they consider not rude," Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh said. "What we say is you can say, ‘Hey,’ if you see them in the hallway. You can’t pull them out of class."

Illinois will have one academic visit and one athletic visit with each prospect this spring.

How they plan on when to use each one is a key component of the evaluation period.

"I give everybody the schedule, and they map out their weeks," Golesh said. "We’ll go through our board and make sure who has the first visit, who has the second visit, who doesn’t need two visits, and then we’ve got a good plan on how we’re going to call the kids. We’ve got one phone call and we try to make that one phone call as special as we can."

Even when Illinois can't see prospects in spring practice, with Texas, Florida and Georgia the main states where that takes place, the coaching staff will have an idea on what it's looking for if the recruit isn't practicing football.

"For us, the big things are going to be watching weightlifting, watching a baseball game, watching a track meet or watching a track practice," Golesh said. "There’s a lot of organization that goes into spring because you’re allowed two evaluations. If you go to a track meet and there’s eight teams there, that’s an evaluation for all eight schools."

Illinois has had a steady stream of recruits come through campus during spring practices.

Three key Class of 2015 recruits in Bolingbrook defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard offensive tackle Adam Solomon and Cincinnati De La Salle defensive tackle Jordan Thompson attended Thursday night's practice at Memorial Stadium.

Class of 2015 wide receiver A.D. Miller from Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic High School is expected to arrive at Illinois today and stay for Saturday's spring game.

Downers Grove North athlete David Edwards, who plays quarterback for the Trojans but is projected as a tight end in college, is another Class of 2015 recruit who is expected to attend the spring game.

"It’s a weird weekend because we’ve made such a big push to get these kids here earlier," Golesh said. "We’ve had so many kids on campus in January, February and March. We’ve had quite a few through these practices. The ACT is on Saturday, so if you’re from outside of an hour away from here, it’s hard, unless you’re not taking the ACT, but for a lot of juniors, this is the first one."

The fact that there's some recruiting camps in Chicago on Saturday, along with the fact that seven other Big Ten schools besides Illinois will hold spring games on Saturday, might also contribute to a smaller visitor's list than normal.

Class of 2014 signees for Illinois slated to be at the spring game include Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin wide receiver Malik Turner, Lincoln-Way East center Nick Allegretti and Rice Lake (Wis.) linebacker Austin Roberts, among others.


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