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.
The Corn Belt Conference will have eight members once the 2014-15 school year arrives.
The conference met Thursday and approved 6-1 to add Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central to the league. Conference president Lance Thurman, the principal at Stanford Olympia, said approval required a two-thirds majority vote, but he declined to say who voted against the measure.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN — Three Centennial athletes will sign letters of intent to play football in college. It marks the 16th consecutive year under coach Mike McDonnell that at least one Charger has committed to a college and brings his cumulative total at the school to 83.
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.