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Peter Bussone 6'3 280 OL Normal Comm HS, IL
Mike Gardner 5'10 180 DB Desoto HS, TX
Zach Mueller 6'5 285 OL DC Everest HS, Schofield, WI
Zach Starforth 6'5 300 OL Raymore-Peculiar HS, Peculiar MO
BB Adams 5'8 175 RB Sacred-Heart Griffin HS, Springfield, IL
Jacob Carl 6'5 225 TE/DE Galesburg HS, IL
Tristan Bailey 6'3 180 WR Columbus North HS, IN
Joey Malinowksi 6'1 245 LS Bloomington Central Catholic HS, IL
Clayton Isbell 6'3 195 S/Ath St. Charles East HS, IL
Damien Jackson 6'4 210 OLB Concord HS, Elkhart, IN
Bryce Jefferson 6'2 185 QB Decatur Central HS, Indianapolis, IN
Landen Vesley 6'3 205 LB Sterling Newman Catholic HS, IL
Cooper Burton 5'10 160 DB Benton HS, St. Joesph, MO
Kenton Wilhoit 6'2 205 LB/RB Oak Grove HS, MO
Nathan Bax 6'5 225 TE Helias HS, Jefferson City, MO
Bobby Lawrence 6'8 300 OL Central HS, St. Joesph, MO
Peyton Asche 6'7 310 OL Pearl City-Eastland HS. Pearl City, IL
Giavion Mason 6'0 190 S/OLB Kankakee Bishop McNamara HS, IL
Nate Dirkes 6'5 225 DE Wheeling HS, IL
Julian Haynie 6'1 195 S Rockford Guilford, IL
Austin Nagel 6'1 170 WR Lemont HS, IL

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Did not see the entire sports cast on WCIA Champaign tonight, but it appears Khule WR from Mt. Zion is walking on. Think he originally was going to Iowa.

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Khule is 2017 so he should arrive shortly. Nice addition

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:35 am


Indiana starting to be our go to for QB prospects. Anyone know what the 1 and the 8 are in Illinois State?
"“I think Illinois State has a lot of potential in football that has been untapped. When it comes time to move up to [the Bowl series level], it will happen, I truly believe that with my heart." - Al Bowman April 15, 2011

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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:52 am

Birdfan 4Life wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:35 am

Indiana starting to be our go to for QB prospects. Anyone know what the 1 and the 8 are in Illinois State?
I'm thinking it's because he is a 2018 recruit?

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Redbirds18 wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:52 am
Birdfan 4Life wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:35 am

Indiana starting to be our go to for QB prospects. Anyone know what the 1 and the 8 are in Illinois State?
I'm thinking it's because he is a 2018 recruit?
Also hence the hashtag Birdgang18
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Some new recruits coming soon...?!
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Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:55 am

Two new recruits:



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Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:47 pm

Brian "BB" Adams had 147 years on 5 carries and 2 TD's last night in SHG's opener vs Jacksonville.

Article: http://www.sj-r.com/sports/20170825/sac ... cksonville

Highlights: http://www.channel1450.com/2017/08/25/s ... he-season/

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Well shit


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Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:14 pm
Well shit

Wishing BB a speedy recovery. Hopefully he can improve on that 30 yards per carry average. :D

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Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:47 am

Interesting pattern developing in our recruiting. Seems to be getting a lot of players from IN, MO, KS, and WI.. Texas and IL still are big markets for ISU also. But we seem to have lost our connections in the Pacific Northwest [Seattle] and FL??? We are starting to dominate central IL.. I know ISU has become the dominant FCS school in Chicago. Thinking this will be a big year for recruiting. Last year was a strange year, beat Northwestern, lose 4 games in a row, sneak into playoffs, lose round 1. But still made Playoffs and BEAT NORTHWESTERN! Bounce back like we did in 2014 from mixed 2013 and we solidify the impression we are the program to beat in IL.

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Interesting pattern developing in our recruiting. Seems to be getting a lot of players from IN, MO, KS, and WI.. Texas and IL still are big markets for ISU also. But we seem to have lost our connections in the Pacific Northwest [Seattle] and FL??? We are starting to dominate central IL.. I know ISU has become the dominant FCS school in Chicago. Thinking this will be a big year for recruiting. Last year was a strange year, beat Northwestern, lose 4 games in a row, sneak into playoffs, lose round 1. But still made Playoffs and BEAT NORTHWESTERN! Bounce back like we did in 2014 from mixed 2013 and we solidify the impression we are the program to beat in IL. Love to see us getting our pick of the players out of BLO-NO. That always bugged me that we would lose any local kids. I know its more complicated than that but still like to see a recruit or two every year choosing to stay home even if they are walk ons.

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Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:38 pm

Redbirdfan21 wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:47 pm
Brian "BB" Adams had 147 years on 5 carries and 2 TD's last night in SHG's opener vs Jacksonville.



Article: http://www.sj-r.com/sports/20170825/sac ... cksonville

Highlights: http://www.channel1450.com/2017/08/25/s ... he-season/

Are we going to want him if he just aged by 147 years.........LOL.

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redbirddad10 wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:50 am
Interesting pattern developing in our recruiting. Seems to be getting a lot of players from IN, MO, KS, and WI.. Texas and IL still are big markets for ISU also. But we seem to have lost our connections in the Pacific Northwest [Seattle] and FL??? We are starting to dominate central IL.. I know ISU has become the dominant FCS school in Chicago. Thinking this will be a big year for recruiting. Last year was a strange year, beat Northwestern, lose 4 games in a row, sneak into playoffs, lose round 1. But still made Playoffs and BEAT NORTHWESTERN! Bounce back like we did in 2014 from mixed 2013 and we solidify the impression we are the program to beat in IL. Love to see us getting our pick of the players out of BLO-NO. That always bugged me that we would lose any local kids. I know its more complicated than that but still like to see a recruit or two every year choosing to stay home even if they are walk ons.
A lot of that is a function of our coaching staff. On Spack's first staff, he had Stubblefield and Huard who were both from Washington and Shula who was from Florida. On the current staff, Schoonover played college ball in MO and is the primary recruiter in the state. Nowinsky came from WI, so clear connection there.

A lot of it can also just depend on the amount of talent in a given recruiting class. MO is LOADED with D1 talent the next few years. More so than usual. From what I've heard/read, Illinois is a little lighter than usual on D1 talent this year. Lots of things to consider, but good points on your part.

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Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:03 am

Just interesting in light of what Coach Spack said his recruiting model was going to be when he took the job and referred to ISU as a "diamond in the rough".
Recruiting Priorities [As I remember them]:
1. Recruit players you want early regardless of ranking. Don't wait for kids to be passed over by FBS. Lots of early commitments since hes come on board. Doesn't appear to be a lot of last minute pick ups. Late recruiting and late commitments very common for FCS schools traditionally.
2. Own top FCS Talent out of Central IL- Check!
3. Be top FCS Program in Chicago-Check!
4. Strong Presence in markets within an few hours drive of Blo No; Milw, St Louis, Indianapolis [Kansas City, Detroit,???]
5. Sprinkle in FL,TX,CA,??? (National Profile)
6. Add FBS players as needed; players from programs Spack knows and that vouch for the player.[Reality of FCS recruiting]

I've heard him state that the staff is putting more and more weight behind the Summer camp. He thinks Blo-No and ISU sell themselves. He also likes kids who show some interest in ISU. Hes found some great Central IL talent at the Camp. I'd think they get a chance to prove that even if they play at a small school they can compete with Div 1 talent. Something for anyone with a prospective ISU recruit out there should know.

Likes multi-sport athletes who are from winning programs. Interesting to see how many multi-sport athletes he's recruited. Some who weren't necessarily focused on football as their primary sport in H.S., ie Kobe Buffalomeat. Lots of past examples but the Himmelman kid comes to mind. Basketball player in HS. Lots of tall Hoop players apparently???
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redbirddad10 wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:03 am


I've heard him state that the staff is putting more and more weight behind the Summer camp. He thinks Blo-No and ISU sell themselves. He also likes kids who show some interest in ISU. Hes found some great Central IL talent at the Camp. I'd think they get a chance to prove that even if they play at a small school they can compete with Div 1 talent. Something for anyone with a prospective ISU recruit out there should know.
I know that BB Adams out of SHG said that he was kinda "meh" (for lack of a better term) on ISU until HC Leonard told him he needed to go to a camp up there- he loved it, got offered while there, and committed on the spot... I think camps play a huge role...

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Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:33 pm

Most of us don't pay much attn to the IHSA football playoffs but I like to tune in to the State Championship games if a future Redbird is involved and there is some definite potential.

OL Peter Bussone of Normal Community. The Ironmen are 9-0 in 7A.

Running Back - BB Adams of Sacred Heart - Griffin, Springfield is 7-2 in 6A. I wouldn't count the Cyclones out. They've had some injuries including Adams himself. If they come in healthy they'll be tough to beat. Adams has speed and he's a big play guy. It's nice to load up on beef but those little fellas that fly past everyone right up the middle of the field - them's the ones that score the points.

The guy I'd really like to see is Landen Vesley of Sterling Newman Catholic. SNC is 9-0 in 2A and the top seed. Vesley is a QB now but he projects as a LB'er at Illinois State. It's hard to predict how that will turn out but he's a winner. That's a good place to start.

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Total Red wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:33 pm
Most of us don't pay much attn to the IHSA football playoffs but I like to tune in to the State Championship games if a future Redbird is involved and there is some definite potential.

OL Peter Bussone of Normal Community. The Ironmen are 9-0 in 7A.

Running Back - BB Adams of Sacred Heart - Griffin, Springfield is 7-2 in 6A. I wouldn't count the Cyclones out. They've had some injuries including Adams himself. If they come in healthy they'll be tough to beat. Adams has speed and he's a big play guy. It's nice to load up on beef but those little fellas that fly past everyone right up the middle of the field - them's the ones that score the points.

The guy I'd really like to see is Landen Vesley of Sterling Newman Catholic. SNC is 9-0 in 2A and the top seed. Vesley is a QB now but he projects as a LB'er at Illinois State. It's hard to predict how that will turn out but he's a winner. That's a good place to start.
Checked recently on our lone Wisconsin recruit at this point, Zach Mueller of Schofield D.C. Everest, and they had a losing season and aren't in the Wisconsin playoffs. Hoping we'll come up with someone else. Altho, our commit list is pretty long at this point, may not have anymore room??

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MadBird wrote:
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:49 pm

Checked recently on our lone Wisconsin recruit at this point, Zach Mueller of Schofield D.C. Everest, and they had a losing season and aren't in the Wisconsin playoffs. Hoping we'll come up with someone else. Altho, our commit list is pretty long at this point, may not have anymore room??
Like most Wisky kids Mueller probably wanted to go to UW-Madsion but the really cool thing is the game at Wisconsin in 2022. If Mueller redshirts as he should he'll get a chance to charge onto the Camp Randall Stadium turf - as a Redbird of course. Bite that Badgers.

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