Thursday, December 21, 2006

More on Football Recruiting

Good Tribune story on Martez Wilson here by Teddy Greenstein.

A few excerpts:

Wilson, the top-rated player in the state, chose Illinois over glossier programs such as Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Michigan and Miami.


Wilson, a 6-foot-4-inch, 235-pounder whom ranks as the nation's No. 2 defensive end, covers 40 yards in about 4.5 seconds. He's a a two-way threat at receiver/defensive end and the top player in Illinois. He picked the Illini over suitors like Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.


Recruiting analysts say that if Illinois earns commitments from Wilson and from Bloomington Central Catholic's Josh Brent, a 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, head coach Ron Zook, whose team has won two games each of the last two seasons, and the school could be on its way to a top-20 recruiting class.


"Illinois is the recruiting story of the year," recruiting analyst Allen Wallace said. "It's remarkable and it shows what a tremendous recruiter Zook is. It's insanely difficult to recruit elite talent to a program that has that kind of record. It can be done, but kids have to feel very strongly that the coach is not selling them a bill of goods.

"He's not going after 'sleeper' guys. These are guys who are being recruited by schools that normally make BCS games. Usually that holds a lot of cachet with superior recruits."

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