June 25 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 10:00am

How good are the latest Illinois football commits? What position is the most important need for the 2019 class? Which former football players deserve Illinois Hall of Fame consideration?

For the answers to these questions, or anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime college football beat writer.

In-state running back picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois added to its future running back depth for the second day in a row Friday with a commitment from in-state recruit Nick Fedanzo. The three-star 2019 prospect announced his commitment on Twitter less than 24 hours after Plano, Texas, running back Kyron Cumby did the same.

Tipoff: Top 10 prospects for 2019 NBA Draft

The 2018 NBA Draft was Thursday, so why not start looking ahead to 2019 now? Our college basketball writer breaks down the top 10 college prospects that could hear their name called next June:

1. R.J. Barrett, Duke

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 43, James Knight

Vitals: 5-10, 205, So., LB

Hometown: East St. Louis

High School: East St. Louis

Illini baseball signs Marine

CHAMPAIGN — Josh Harris will arrive at Illinois with just one season of junior college baseball experience. But likely more world experience than many of his future teammates.

Illinois announced Thursday that Harris, a 24-year-old from Beecher, signed with the Illini baseball program on Wednesday after pitching this past spring at Kankakee Community College.

Top 50 Most Important Illini Football Players: No. 43 James Knight

At a position of need, Scott Richey expects linebacker James Knight to see the field.

UI at 150: 'What a life-changing moment'

Memory No. 1,281 on our special UI-at-150 website comes from EMILY JAENSON, who last month became the highest-ranking female in all of minor league baseball:

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 43, Purdue

Coach: Jeff Brohm

2017 record: 7-6

Projected 2018 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Oct. 20 vs. Ohio State

Bowl trip: Pinstripe

Fleet-footed Bunnies rely on guile

FISHER — The rabbit typically is viewed as a fleet-of-foot animal, rushing away from potential predators and ensuring its small size isn't a deterrent.

So maybe it's fitting that coach Jake Palmer's Fisher football Bunnies must work with a similar strategy going into the 2018 season.

Illini land 2019 running back

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois got a pair of 2019 commitments the last week of April when Chicago Phillips cornerback Joseph Thompson and Trinity Catholic (Mo.) wide receiver picked the Illini on consecutive days to push the class to five commits.

Then 57 days passed without any further commitments for Illinois. Spring became summer.