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This is my favorite part of my job and really has been one of my fun times doing. Talking to high school coaches and recruits about what schools have done the most to appeal to them. Again these are the schools that are making the most noise on the recruiting trail. Hot & Warm List will be below with a full video on the bottom of the article.



SIU Football- SIU had great 2018 and seems to getting more out of the Southern Illinois Region than anyone. Coach Hill is a young coach will be on bigger programs watchlists.

Indiana State- Coach Mallory took over put in a staff that know whats he wants. In a very small amount of time, Indiana State and Coaches have made name for themselves on Illinois recruiting trial.

Minnesota- Fleck scored big with Nubin from St. Charles North, and is one of the better known social media prescences in the Midwest. Also helps when you have OL coach Brian Callahan who has the respect of many Illinois HS Coaches.

Indiana- Tom Allen hired Coach Hagen, Hagen is one of the best recruiters in the nation so guess what. Allen got quite a haul in the Class of 2018 and will build on that.

NIU- NEW Head Coach Hammock looks to be take over where Rod Carey left the program off. Hiring a staff known in the Illinois and popular with the Illinois high school coaches.

Iowa State- Campbell and Cyclone staff continiue to make a key presence in the Chicagoland area. Cyclone red and gold can always be seen early in the spring.

Western Illinois- Coach Elliot and Staff did a tremendous job this past year and have made a name for themselves around Illinois. Again another young staff that is popular with recruits.

Iowa- Iowa Football is Iowa Football... They scout from small schools to big schools in Illinois and leave no stone unturned. Coach Ferentz and staff will always have a grip on the pipeline of Illinois as did Hayden Fry. Kelvin Bell one of top recruiters is guy you need to look out for.

Northwestern- Pat Fitzgerald scores top student-athletes in the state every year. 2018 was antoehr prime example of Coach Fitz and staff working his magic.


Eastern Illinois- EIU has set Illinois Recruiting Trail ablaze, as soon as Cushing got hired as the new head he was off setting a name for the panther program. Making offers to overlooked Chicagoland recruits and hiring a staff known around the state of Illinois and natives.

South Dakota State U- Jackrabbits got some steals along the fall months, and not to mention made a name for themselves around the camp days.

(MISTAKE MADE IN VIDEO- Mike Love is going to NIU not SDSU)

Purdue- Purdue got a great array of Illinois recruits . Coach Brohm making a name for himself in the Chicagoland area. Scoring big time lineman and linebacker out of the 2019 class.

Valporasio- Valpo's pipeline in the Chicagoland Area will always be a key for them. Coaching Staff that high school coaches know by name does help.

Illinois- Lovie Smith is getting the players that best fit his system and best exemplify the student-athlete

Wisconsin- Another Badgers Alumni stronghold is Chicagoland Area. Will always get 1-3 big time Illinois Players that fit their scheme.

Western Michigan- Coach Lester has his roots in the Chicagoland area, and his name is still popular with high school coaches.

Syracuse- Dino Babers is proving the doubters wrong, and winning his way. Look for Syracuse to still look at its Illinois pipeline.

North Dakota- Strong Presence early in the spring of 18', and coaches that have made their program present on social media

Michigan State- Burton is a guy you want representing your university and his no nonsense attitude is what attracts parents and recruits. What a great hire Chuck Bullough has been as well, DE coach respected by all. Jim Bollman also is a nice presence in Illinois as well with his eye for OL.

4 Schools That Always Will Be On This List That Arent In Illinois

Drake, Butler, Dayton, Wyoming


Kansas- Les Miles will be looking at the Chicagoland pipeline, no doubt about that

Kansas State- Hire Chris Kileman who has recruited the Chicagoland area before

Central Michigan- New Head Coach- Old Illinois Pipeline available

Nebraska- Coach Frost is a Husker coach through and through... Illinois could play a intriguing part like it has back in the Osbourne days.


UINDY, UW- Platteville, UW- Lacrosse, St. Ambrose, Carthage, North Central, College of Dupage, Olivet Nazarene, Mckendree, Minnesota State


Remember Deep Dish Football Is Just Not About Recruiting But About The Love Of The Game Of Football In The IHSA



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