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, released its list of the top 250 prospects in the Class of 2014 on Tuesday.

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.

Chillicothe IVC set to join eight-team Corn Belt

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 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.

Shanker a fan of Bailey

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.

Area College Signings

Area athletes sign with various colleges on  Signing Day, February 6, 2013.

Foster wants to turn Illinois football around

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.

Bulletin Board: Centennial continues football streak

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.

Spearman de-commits, picks Iowa

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.

Foster is small, but mighty

Five summers ago, Kendrick Foster had not even set foot in Peoria Richwoods High School.

Yet Roland Brown knew about him.

Noticed him.

Saw the potential there.

It was hard for the Peoria Richwoods (Ill.) High School football head coach not to.