Poor Is The State Of Illinois Recruiting

TBToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Around the country, Wednesday was National Signing Day for college football programs. But for University of Illinois fans, it was Sighing Day, too.

Illini coach Tim Beckman’s third recruiting class ranked 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams, according to’s composite rankings, which was one spot behind newbie Rutgers and four spots behind traditional doormat Indiana. Thank goodness, at least, for Purdue, which fell behind Illinois at No. 14.

Beyond that, according to Champaign News-Gazette columnist Loren Tate, out of of Illinois’ 13 prep signees, only one – Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer – had even one other offer from a Big Ten school per data, and that came from the Hoosiers.

Now, that isn’t to say that the rankings of recruiting services should be taken as gospel (they most certainly shouldn’t) or that coaches at major programs don’t overlook talented kids (they most certainly do), but it does say that there isn’t much buzz about this year’s Illini class, even if the coaches are trying their best to create some.

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