Golesh: 'It's hard to be patient'

Golesh: 'It's hard to be patient'

The database the Illinois football coaching staff has on Class of 2015 recruits is thick.

Same for Class of 2016 prospects. And 2017 recruits.

The recruiting process seemingly gets sped up each season, and the latest crop of recruiting is no different.

Although some of the prospects Illinois is evaulating and offering aren’t household names for football fans even in their particular area.

“You’re just forced to evaluate earlier, and you’re forced to offer earlier,” Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh said. “The evaluation process is critical. You’re forcing yourself and your staff to watch game film and talk to people you trust. The relationships become more and more important. There’s a lot of kids and parents and coaches expecting you to offer kids that haven’t played yet.”

Golesh, about to enter his third season in charge of recruiting for Illinois, said he never anticipated football recruiting getting sped up to the point it is.

Needless to say, he isn’t the biggest fan of the process as it sits right now.

“I think it’s a really bad thing,” Golesh said. “I feel like you offer a lot more off of potential and measurables rather than true film. It’s hard to be patient, but I think the guys and the schools that are patient have a better chance not to miss. I don’t think they have a better chance to hit, but they have a better chance not to miss, and you’re trying to limit the misses.”

Golesh doesn’t get caught in any how many commits a particular school has going into July.

After all, signing day for the 2015 class isn’t until Feb. 4. Nearly seven months away.

As of Thursday, Illinois had 10 commits so far in the 2015 class.

Better numbers than they had at this point last season for the 2014 class.

Better numbers than they had at this point last season for the 2014 class. Illinois became the 12th Big Ten school to have double-digit commits on Thursday when Sacramento City College running back Henry Enyenihi gave the Illini an oral commitment.

Only Michigan (eight), Michigan State (seven) and Minnesota (six) are in single digits. For right now. 

For right now.

“A lot of it depends on how many kids are there locally,” Golesh said. “Those are the commitments that come earlier. That’s how a lot of ours have come about. The more kids you have right there around you helps because those kids can come over and see you. The more kids you’re recruiting from out of state, those kids aren’t going to commit without seeing it.”

And Golesh doesn’t want recruits to commit to Illinois without first coming to campus.

“What you’re asking for is for them to flip later on,” he said. “You don’t want a kid to commit that’s never been here. To me, I don’t look at how many commits they have. I look at who are those commits. I evaluate it more from a perspective of, ‘Did we miss? Should we have offered?’ I think it comes in bunches, too. Once you get one committed at the position, now you’re calling the next guy you want and saying, ‘There’s one left,’ to try to get them.”


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just_wondering wrote on July 04, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Maybe it's time to just embrace our football team's position in the Big 10. Take advantage and market it appropriately, and stop losing Illini-ticket-buying-fans with promises that you can't keep like going to a bowl game annually or the fantasy of being conference champions, or frankly just being better. Embrace reality, and market accordingly. "Illinois football - it's something to do while you're waiting for basketball and volleyball!" or "Where else can you go to see the top Big 10 teams play and get a great seat on the cheap?" The other Big 10 teams are certainly benefiting from the plight of the Illini - go to a game and there are about as many visiting fans as there are Illini fans. Illini football marketing folks - just be honest with yourself and with your fans, and maybe you'll get some butts in the seats. Face reality - today you can't even get the locals and/or UI employees to prioritize going to a Big 10 football game over mowing their lawn.