Why I'm so excited about Illinois football's current recruiting class
I was talking to one of the other writers at South Side Sox last night who happens to be a Michigan fan when I found out about the Jarrod Clements commitment. His response to my excitement about getting another three star recruit so early in the recruiting season was something along the lines of "So that's what passes as excitement for the Illini fanbase nowadays?". I don't really find that to be a far assessment.
And it's not just the players we're landing that are why I'm so excited. It's how soon we're landing them. It's the second of May and we already have a recruiting class seven deep! With one four star and five three stars! Do you know how many teenagers had agreed to be Illini at this time last year? None. We didn't land our first recruit until mid-May and didn't reach seven until Thanksgiving. Maybe that was just an off year? Nope. Our 2011 class had one recruit at this point and didn't reach seven until the end of July. 2010's class also had one and didn't reach seven until the week of Christmas!
You have to go all the way back to the 2008 class to even have seven recruits lined up before the start of July. This is pretty impressive.
I know that it's not completely a race to get as many commits as fast as possible, but it sure as hell helps make a recruiting class stronger and is likely to make the coaches' lives easier come football season.
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