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Illinois eyes Millender

The eight schools that comprise the Southwestern Conference have produced 35 players who have earned a letter playing football at Illinois throughout its history.

The large-school Illinois high school league that is in the Metro St. Louis area, however, has never sent a player to Illinois from Belleville West.

Hance anticipates summer decision

Jacksonville isn’t a place where a 6-foot-6-inch, 260-pound high school junior is hard to miss.

The west central Illinois town of just under 20,000 residents that sits a half-hour from the state capital of Springfield has a football player the Illinois coaching staff is hoping it won’t miss on.

Early football enrollees contributing

The Illinois football team had 10 early enrollees arrive on campus once classes started in January.

From a depth perspective, Tim Beckman is probably giving thanks to this development.

With 18 players injured or unable to play in Friday night’s spring game, nearly half of the early enrollees are with either the first-team or second-team units so far.

More 2014 prospects to look at

In a blog post on March 29, we took a look at offers Illinois football has out to Class of 2014 players on the offensive side of the ball as it pertains to positional rankings recently released by Rivals.com.

Here’s our glance from a defensive standpoint.

Dudek ends waiting game

Wait and possibly pick up other offers.

Commit and end the recruiting process.

Mike Dudek chose the latter option, and in doing so, became the third Illinois football commit in the Class of 2014.

Illinois had offered a scholarship to the speedy wide receiver from Neuqua Valley (Ill.) High School in early March.

Dudek commits to Illinois

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh both stressed two areas last Friday.

The importance of recruiting Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

And picking up some wide receivers for the Class of 2014.

Illinois hit on both areas Wednesday night.

Five Caravan roll along in recruiting process

Chicago Mt. Carmel has, unequivocally, one of the strongest football tradition in the state of Illinois.

The Caravan won the program’s 11th state title last November at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.

Only Joliet Catholic, with 13 state titles, can boast more than what Frank Lenti Sr. and his program have won.

Recruits check out Chicago practice

Alex Golesh came away pleased with the Illinois football team’s practice on Friday evening at Gately Stadium.

The chance to get into Chicago and have a number of signed players and potential targets witness the Illini in action was a key reason for Illinois to hold Friday’s two-hour practice.

More Class of 2014 rankings

The pursuit for the top players in the Class of 2014 will consume college football coaching staffs in the next 10 months.

Rivals.com took a position-by-position look at the top players in the particular class that will come to the forefront in early February during National Signing Day.

Being first is meaningful to Odenigbo

Tito Odenigbo sees plenty of scarlet and gray.

Practically every Friday at Centerville (Ohio) High School, his fellow students don the colors of Ohio State.

The defensive lineman who verbally committed to Illinois on Monday said a few might throw on the maize and blue of Michigan.

Even fewer, however, sport the orange and blue Illini colors. With the exception of Odenigbo.

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