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'05 Illinois recruiting

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Buckskin86, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Even though Illinois does not appear to be a priority I thought we should at least take a look at their top prospects. It appears to be a good year in Illinois

    Barrington offensive lineman Dan Doering- Chris Pool- Insiders Midwest guru ranks him the no.2 Olineman in the Midwest (Boone is no.1). He has 12 schollie offers including USC & scUM and thinks by the end of May that number will be up to 30. He has already visited Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Northweestern, Illinois and Notre Dame. But no tOSU


    Lockport quarterback Jake Christensen- Lemming has him in his early top 10 junior list- he is the son of a former NFL QB Jeff Christenson- he passed for 3,350 yds, 36 TD's and only picked off 6 times as a junior

    Chris Jeske LB Joliet Catholic

    Schools in the Running: Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin

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    Last edited: Mar 15, 2004
  2. RAMdrvr1

    RAMdrvr1 All Galaxy '14 NCAA Pick'em Champ

    Thanks for all the great info. :bow:
  3. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    '05 IL LB - Eric Lines


    Eric Lines
    Morris Community HS (Illinois)
    (LB) 6-2 210lbs
    2003 All Conference and All Area
    Early Favorites include Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska Purdue, and Northwestern.

    We seem pretty set at the Will with guys like Hawk, Freeman, Lukens and Matthews on the roster but we could use another Sam or two. Lines has the speed you look for and plays in the middle right now. 170 tackles for a LB is awfully impressive, even more so considering he was only a sophomore.
  4. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator


    Oak Lawn (IL)
    Running back

    Height: 5-foot-9
    Weight: 180 pounds

    Schools in the Running: Illinois, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin

    Comparisons are being made to Fred Russell or Anthony Davis
  5. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    I recently watched some video on Foster (on Rivals I believe) Although he looks like a decent back on film he's not in the same league as Ringer and Wells.
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Foster already has offers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Purdue but he grew up following the Bucks. His role model is Joe Montgomery (who went to the same HS). He claims tOSU is not recruiting him. Same old song in Illinois recruiting :(
  7. Naplesbuckeye

    Naplesbuckeye Newbie

    Chicago always has a ton of talent and Wisconsin, Illinois and NW always clean up there. Michigan got Avant a couple of years ago and every now and then a kid will sneak away.

    Downers Grove (both hs's), Joliet Catholic, Lockport, Wheaton Warrenville and that damn school that produced McNabb and the DE always have good players.
  8. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    It seems like we go out of our way to NOT recruit Chicago and other parts of Illinois.
  9. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Well there is at least one Illinois player that tOSU is actively recruiting and his name is LB Chris Jeske (see info above). According to Rivals and Chris, tOSU has stepped up their recruitment of him and have started sending him alot more mail.
  10. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    every year illinios seems to have ONE HUGE prospect who goes to oklahoma (that d-lineman from a year ago) or texas (big time wr when they had their #1 class full of d-linemen a few years ago and those are just straight from the top of my head, ive always wondered why we dont hit that state a lil harder...
  11. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    ive always wondered why we dont hit that state a lil harder...

    Yea- this does seem puzzling and has been discussed a few times on the boards.

    But it does seem clear that Illinois is not a priority for the coaches. We seem to be getting in late on some of the top guys (Dampier, C. Patterson, K. Williams, T. Jamieson and now Doering) or not getting in on some guys at all (Roland Martin). Illinois is a highly contested state with powerhouses from the Big 12 (OU- Patterson, Dampier), SEC (Tenn- in on quite a few i.e. Martin) and the Big 10 (just about every team) competing for the talent.

    My guess is the coaches have just prioritized other areas that have the potential for a higher payoff and Illinois is a casuality of this strategy. tOSU areas of concentration- Ohio, Florida (specifically S. Florida), PA (specifically W. PA) and I think this year we will see a greater move into the Northeast (specifically NJ). We hired a coach with experience in this area and it seems even more wide open now with the demise of the Big East.
  12. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Didn't Chris Patterson and Eric Andino last year have Ohio State as their early favorites yet neither received an offer? The lack of interest in Doering is puzzling and I won't even get into the Roland Martin situation from last year. Have we landed a kid from Illinois since McNutt? You'd think we'd have better luck over there. He was a Heisman hopeful after all :wink:
  13. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now

    Patterson and Andino both grew up liking OSU. Patterson isn't even close to qualifying, a complete waste of a scholarship. In Andino's case, the staff probably felt just as good with Gholston and Barrow.
  14. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Chicago article on local '05 recruiting class

  15. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    It looks like some of tOSU's Illinois recruiting is picking up

    * Doering was offered

    * JT is mailing letters to ILL no. 1 QB Jake Christenson

    * Melvin Rice, a top Ill DB who attended tOSU Nike, is listing tOSU as a top 5 favorite

    * WR Orlando Moore is still rating tOSU in his top 5


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