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Bielema Targets Texas Ties in New Illini LB Coach Archie McDaniel

Bielema Targets Texas Ties in New Illini LB Coach Archie McDaniel

New Illinois linebackers coach Archie McDaniel brings a vast amount of experience developing talent and recruiting prospects in the Lone Star State of Texas. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 9, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Bret Bielema believes he has found a connection to Texas prospects in the form of his new linebackers coach hire. 

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The Farrell Files Illinois - Absolute Home Run Hire

The Farrell Files Illinois - Absolute Home Run Hire

Mike Farrell, IlliniGuys & Big Sports Radio National Football Recruiting Expert

February 9, 2024

(Mike Farrell also has his own website: https://mikefarrellsports.com/)

In this edition of the Farrell Files Illinois, I’ll look at the new wide receiver hire (hint, it’s a good one) from a positional and recruiting aspect.

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Justin Stepp Reunites With Illini OC Barry Lunney Jr. As New Illinois WR Coach

Justin Stepp Reunites With Illini OC Barry Lunney Jr. As New Illinois WR Coach

Stepp’s move to Illinois marks his first collegiate assistant job north of the Mason-Dixon Line after spending the last six years as a wide receivers coach in the Southeastern Conference. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 8, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Stepp gets to reunite with Barry Lunney Jr.’s offensive philosophy once again. 

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Tanner Heckel Commits to Illinois, Brings Versatility to the Fighting Illini

Tanner Heckel Commits to Illinois, Brings Versatility to the Fighting Illini

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 8, 2023

On Wednesday, Illinois signed a valuable addition to its football roster as three-star Kansas defensive back Tanner Heckel signed a national letter of intent. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete hails from Lyndon (HS) in Kansas and is set to bring a diverse skill set to Illinois.

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Charlie Bullen Returning to National Football League As New York Giants OLB Coach 

Charlie Bullen Returning to National Football League As New York Giants OLB Coach 

The outside linebackers coaching position is open at Illinois for the third time in four offseasons as Charlie Bullen leaves for the NFL’s New York Giants. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 7, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Charlie Bullen’s time as a full-time position coach at the collegiate level lasted just 13 months. 

Shortly after Illinois head coach Bret Bielema completed a local media conference inside the Smith Family Football Complex, the New York Giants announced Charlie Bullen was leaving the Illini program after just one season for the same job title with the National Football League franchise.

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Bielema on Fmr. Illini Signee Josaiah Knight Signing With Mississippi State: ‘He wanted to be here’

Bielema on Fmr. Illini Signee Josaiah Knight Signing With Mississippi State: ‘He wanted to be here’

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema hinted an enrollment problem popped up with three-star OLB/DE Josaiah Knight after he signed with Mississippi State Wednesday. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

February 7, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Despite signing a National Letter-of-Intent and being introduced as an early enrollee a few weeks later, Josaiah Knight will not be a member of the University of Illinois football program. 

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The Farrell Files Illinois - Illini Add

The Farrell Files Illinois - Illini Add "Sleeper" DB

Mike Farrell, IlliniGuys & Big Sports Radio National Football Recruiting Expert

February 7, 2024

(Mike Farrell also has his own website: https://mikefarrellsports.com/)

In this edition of the Farrell Files Illinois, I’ll look at another late sleeper DB added by Bret Bielema just like last season.

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup:  2024 DB Tanner Heckel Commits to Illinois

Ked's Recruiting Roundup:  2024 DB Tanner Heckel Commits to Illinois

By Kedric Prince - IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 6th, 2024

Surprising development for the Fighting Illini football team, they secured a commitment for the class of 2024 from safety Tanner Heckel, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound talent hailing from Lyndon, Kansas, and Lyndon High School.

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The Farrell Files Illinois - PWO of Interest, WR Coach Gone & Zafir Stewart Evaluation

The Farrell Files Illinois - PWO of Interest, WR Coach Gone & Zafir Stewart Evaluation

February 6, 2024

(Mike Farrell also has his own website: https://mikefarrellsports.com/)

In this edition of the Farrell Files Illinois, I’ll look at a new preferred walk on of interest, talk about the loss of WR Coach George McDonald and continue to look at the 2024 class with a look at OL Zafir Stewart in four important categories.

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup: Illini Add OL Barrett as PWO

Ked's Recruiting Roundup: Illini Add OL Barrett as PWO

By Kedric Prince - IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 5th, 2024

Orland Park's Zach Barrett, a strong 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive lineman from the class of 2024,  officially committed to the University of Illinois football program on Sunday as a preferred walk-on, one day after making a visit to camps. Barrett made the decision to join the Fighting Illini, citing the program's aggressive mentality and commitment to dominating opponents as key factors in his choice.

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - PWO Commit Harrysson Ngassa

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - PWO Commit Harrysson Ngassa

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 5, 2023

Whitney Young Prep Harrysson Ngassa commits to Illinois Football as Preferred Walk-On.

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Football Recruiting Spotlight on Griffin Rousseau

Football Recruiting Spotlight on Griffin Rousseau

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst February 3, 2024 Illinois […]

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Darrin Strey

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Darrin Strey

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

February 3, 2024

Three-star lineman Darrin Strey, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle from Paw Paw, Michigan, recapped his visit with Illinois last weekend. The Illinois staff did a great job of bringing recruits on campus for junior day. 

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Recruiting Spotlight on Carson Boyd

Recruiting Spotlight on Carson Boyd

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

February 2, 2024

Illinois has just shown that it has a type at quarterback, right? If you're a high three-star QB who's a good athlete but also has good but not great throwing ability, you should expect a call from the Illini because that is the type of player Barry Lunney, Jr. has targeted with all three of his quarterback choices so far.

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The Farrell Files - Illini Big Game Hunting

The Farrell Files - Illini Big Game Hunting

Mike Farrell, IlliniGuys & Big Sports Radio National Football Recruiting Expert

February 2, 2024

(Mike Farrell also has his own website: https://mikefarrellsports.com/)

In this edition of the Farrell Files Illinois, I’ll look at some big-name guys that Bret Bielema is trying to hang in with.

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