FINAL: Illinois 74, No. 1 Indiana 72
CHAMPAIGN (AP) — Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer off a baseline inbounds pass and Illinois beat No. 1 Indiana 74-72 on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team has lost.
Illinois landed a possible program-changing quarterback in the Class of 2013.
Bolingbrook's Aaron Bailey fits that description.
Illinois didn't land the program-changing wide receiver or possible linebacker who can affect the game in a meaningful way.
CHAMPAIGN — He couldn’t brag about the team’s record in 2012. But what Tim Beckman could offer was the chance to play. And help rebuild.
The recruiting pitch worked on 10 early enrollees, who came to school in January. It worked on 15 more high school players, who signed Wednesday and will join the team during the summer.
Junior seasons are huge from a college football recruiting perspective.
If Division I college coaches haven’t heard of a player by that point in their high school career, this is almost their last chance. Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) High School running back Kendrick Foster, who will sign a letter of intent today to play football at Illinois, made sure his junior season stood out.
Here are the best players in each Illinois recruiting class during the past decade. Aaron Bailey and Caleb Day have the highest rating in the current class:
Illinois lost its only linebacker commit in the Class of 2013.
In a move that wasn't too unexpected, Chicago Simeon senior Reggie Spearman, who verbally committed to Illinois on Aug. 7, decided he would attend Iowa during a ceremony at Simeon on Tuesday night.
Five summers ago, Kendrick Foster had not even set foot in Peoria Richwoods High School.
Yet Roland Brown knew about him.
Saw the potential there.
It was hard for the Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) High School football head coach not to.
It’s a 10-minute walk from Cary Quadrangle to John Strauser’s classes. If he gets hungry during the day he can stop by the Purdue Memorial Union for a burger using his “Boiler Bucks.”
Tuition is taken care of. So are his books. And dorm expenses. And food. For the next four-plus years.