Recruiting

Recruiting

Weekend Wrap — Okafor leads Young to city title

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the week that was. 




Tate: It's a long road back

“We sold playing time. We sold everything but two wins.”
— UI recruiter Alex Golesh

Tim Beckman’s football operation gets a fresh start (from 2-10) with four new coaches and 25 new scholarship faces, 10 of whom will participate in spring drills.

Groce tries to woo wife — and recruit

Ladies, be jealous of Allison Groce.

The wife of Illinois coach John Groce took a flight with her husband on Valentine's Day. Plus dinner.

And, of course, a basketball game.

Several 2014 Illinois targets on Rivals' initial list

National Signing Day for the top football prospects in Class of 2014 is oh, a mere 356 days away.

But for college football coaches, recruiting is a year-round job.

And for the fans that can’t wait until Feb. 5, 2014 arrives, Rivals.com released its list of the top 250 prospects in the Class of 2014 on Tuesday.

UI target: Desmond Lee

CHAMPAIGN — Even when Illinois signed five high school seniors for its Class of 2013 in Novemeber, John Groce’s staff didn’t stop recruiting for next season.

Case in point: Groce will spend Thursday night a time zone away in Hobbs, N.M., checking out New Mexico Junior College guard Desmond Lee against Howard (Texas) College.

UI 79, Purdue 59: Notebook

CHAMPAIGN — The last time Brandon Paul did not reach double figures, it was a forgettable afternoon in Madison, Wis.

LIVE! Purdue at the Hall

FINAL: Illinois 79, Purdue 59

Reigning Big Ten Player of the Week D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Tracy Abrams added 13 as Illinois won its third straight game.

Tyler Griffey added 12 points in a game so lopsided that Matt Painter was ejected for arguing calls in the second half.

Plenty more to come on HQ.

Final thoughts from signing day

Tim Beckman understands the importance of Chicago from a recruiting aspect.

So much that the Illinois football coach shares a similar thought that many other Land of Lincoln residents acknowledge.

Weekend Wrap — Brunson stays steady

Every week during the prep basketball season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from the week that was. 


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Family big sticking point for Beckman

Family is a theme Tim Beckman constantly uses when talking about his Illinois football program.

In fact, the Illini coach used the word eight times during Wednesday afternoon's press conference announcing the final 15 signees in a 25-member recruiting class for 2013.