With the NCAA Football recruiting dead period about to end on Thursday, expect recruiting to pick up in a big way as Class of 2016 recruits can continue to take official visits. Here are the Top 5 most sought after recruits from the state of Illinois to watch.
OT Sean Foster, Carmel (6-foot-8, 285 pounds): Foster, who decommitted from Minnesota after the sudden resignation of head coach Jerry Kill has already visited Purdue (Dec. 11) and just set up an official visit to Iowa State this weekend. Foster is "taking things a week at a time" and has yet to name any favorites or additional official visits.
DT Amir Watts, Phillips (6-foot-3, 260 pounds): Watts, who was a key in the Wildcats Class 4A state title run in 2015 has already visited Minnesota (Dec. 11). Watts will visit Indiana this weekend and has plans to also visit Pitt (Jan. 22). Watts has also recently cancelled a planned official visit to Nebraska (Jan. 29) instead opting to visit Iowa State on that date instead.
OL Desmond Bland, Homewood-Flossmoor (6-foot-4, 295 pounds): Bland has plenty of interest from the likes of Rutgers, Pitt, Iowa State and NIU but also needs to work on his academics. Bland could wind up going either the prep school route or the Junior college route.
OL Trevour Simms, East St Louis (6-foot-3, 317 pounds): Simms has been back and forth on his verbal commitment over the past month or so. Simms committed early to Illinois (Dec. 4 official visit), then "flipped" over to Missouri after making an official visit to Missouri on Dec. 11. And now? Let's just say this decision could be a "pick em" Signing Day final choice between Illinois and Missouri.
RB Sam Brodner, Glenbard West (5-foot-11, 215 pounds): Brodner decommitted from an earlier verbal commitment to Vanderbilt and will make an official visit to Syracuse (Jan. 15) and Illinois (Jan. 22). Brodner has also remained in touch with Wisconsin and Brodner could also wind up visiting the Badgers but nothing has been set.