Top 50 most important Illini: No. 42, Bobby Walker

Vitals: 6-4, 230, R-Jr., TE

Hometown: Golf

High School: Loyola Academy

Bob's Top 50 rankings: No. 42 Kentucky

A strong returning offensive line and a solid running game led AP voter Bob Asmussen to name Kentucky his 42nd ranked team.

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 42, Kentucky

Coach: Mark Stoops

2017 record: 7-6

Projected 2018 record: 8-4

Circle the date: Nov. 3 vs. Georgia

Bowl trip: Texas

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 Football Players: No. 43 James Knight

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

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: No. 43, James Knight

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

Hometown: East St. Louis

High School: East St. Louis

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.