Recruiting Class Blast From the Past: 1961-1962

Steve Sturm - Football Contributor

May 5, 2021

Most of us are too young to remember the players from this pair of recruiting classes.  But for my parents' generation, these guys were the leaders of a magical group of players that led Illinois from the doldrums of football into national prominence.

Pete Elliot had jumped from the University of California program to come to Champaign in 1960, and quickly led the program to a ranking of 4th in the nation in his first year. However, the rest of the Big Ten began taking the Illini more seriously and Illinois . . .

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