The eight schools that comprise the Southwestern Conference have produced 35 players who have earned a letter playing football at Illinois throughout its history.
The large-school Illinois high school league that is in the Metro St. Louis area, however, has never sent a player to Illinois from Belleville West.
We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:
CHAMPAIGN — When he decided to transfer away from Seton Hall last month, guard Aaron Cosby said he was looking for familiarity with the coaching staff and a style of play that best suited his game. He found both of those on his visit to Illinois this weekend, giving John Groce and his staff a verbal commitment late Friday night.
Jacksonville isn’t a place where a 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound high school junior is hard to miss.
The west central Illinois town of just under 20,000 residents that sits a half-hour from the state capital of Springfield has a football player the Illinois coaching staff is hoping it won’t miss on.
Bring a blanket. And a heavy coat.
Temperatures will most likely be in the mid-30s Friday night when the Illinois football spring game kicks off at 8 (thanks BTN) in what is believed to be the first night spring game in Illinois history — and also the first one on a Friday.
With Rutgers the latest black eye, we are reminded that college basketball is imperfect. Not exactly a revelation, huh?
CHAMPAIGN — When Aaron Cosby decided he’d be best suited to finish his college career somewhere other than Seton Hall, the 6-foot-3 guard said he heard from “anywhere from 13 to 20 schools.”
Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to two schools — Illinois and Missouri — and is making the first of his two official visits this weekend with John Groce’s program.
The Illinois football team had 10 early enrollees arrive on campus once classes started in January.
From a depth perspective, Tim Beckman is probably giving thanks to this development.
With 18 players injured or unable to play in Friday night’s spring game, nearly half of the early enrollees are with either the first-team or second-team units so far.
Mike Shaw transferred to Bradley.
The future college homes of Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde are still undetermined at this point.
But one item is clear.
None of the three men’s basketball players that announced they were transferring from Illinois less than two weeks ago will likely ever suit up for the Illini again.
Commonsense, you might say?
In a blog post on March 29, we took a look at offers Illinois football has out to Class of 2014 players on the offensive side of the ball as it pertains to positional rankings recently released by Rivals.com.
Here’s our glance from a defensive standpoint.