Recruiting

Recruiting

Five Caravan roll along in recruiting process

Chicago Mt. Carmel has, unequivocally, one of the strongest football tradition in the state of Illinois.

The Caravan won the program’s 11th state title last November at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Only Joliet Catholic, with 13 state titles, can boast more than what Frank Lenti Sr. and his program have won.

Recruits check out Chicago practice

Alex Golesh came away pleased with the Illinois football team’s practice on Friday evening at Gately Stadium.

The chance to get into Chicago and have a number of signed players and potential targets witness the Illini in action was a key reason for Illinois to hold Friday’s two-hour practice.

Tate: Thomas building momentum for Hall

It’s crunch time already.

Mike Thomas has less than two months before he meets with the UI Board of Trustees to announce funding plans for the Assembly Hall.

At that point, 80 percent of the funding must be in place. So we can be relatively certain that a major naming-rights corporation has stepped forward.

Here are aspects rattling my brain:

Shaw, Langford, Djimde leaving Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois players with eligibility remaining — Mike Shaw, Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde — will not return to the program for the 2013-14 season.

The moves will free up three scholarships for Illinois.

More Class of 2014 rankings

The pursuit for the top players in the Class of 2014 will consume college football coaching staffs in the next 10 months.

Rivals.com took a position-by-position look at the top players in the particular class that will come to the forefront in early February during National Signing Day.

Kline weighs in on Illinois

The Illinois men's basketball team will not square off against Marquette tonight in an East Region semifinal game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The task to beat Buzz Williams and his Golden Eagles falls on the shoulders of Miami after the Hurricanes narrowly defeated Illinois 63-59 last Sunday night.

36th N-G All-State Girls' Basketball Team

First Team

Sophie Brunner    Aquin    Sr.    6-1    F/C: Repeat selection and Arizona State recruit ranked 285th nationally by Blue Star; led 31-3 Class 1A state champions in scoring (20.6), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.8)

All-State POY: Tyra Buss

MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.

If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”

Simeon duo have stellar senior seasons

The numbers weren't mind-boggling, earth-shattering or awe-inducing.

Yet Chicago Simeon and its standout Jabari Parker, who was named Mr. Basketball in Illinois for the second straight year on Monday, don't win a fourth straight Class 4A state championship without the steady play of Illinois signees Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate.

Hardly.

Weekend Wrap — Bragg helps Vikings win state title

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's games.