Football Recuiting - O-Line Targets

Let's take a closer look at what Illinois has left on the board at the offensive line position. Who's still on the board? Who's in the boat? Take a look.

As official visits hits its third weekend, let's take a look at what's left for Illinois at the offensive line position.


Offensive lineman Jim Jadron – Joliet (Ill.) Catholic

Illinois is looking good but he's holding out for Nebraska and Notre Dame. Notre Dame's recruiting efforts have been so poor this year that they just might get to Jadron. Nebraska might go on Jadron if Pellini is hired as head coach, Jeff Jamrog is retained on his staff and the Huskers lose some recruits because of the coaching change.

Offensive lineman Roland Martin – Chicago (Harper)

Illinois has offered but I don't think they'll be in the hunt in January. Michigan State is the team to beat but Tennessee and Oklahoma are right in the hunt. Martin has yet to visit either the Vols or the Sooners. If Illinois could get a January visit, anything can happen.

Offensive lineman Zack Holycross – Georgetown (Ill.) Ridge Farm

Zack camped at Illinois during the summer. Right now he's being slow played by several MAC schools and Illinois, Holycross was supposed to visit Illinois last weekend but that visit was cancelled. Turner says he wants him to come in for a January visit.


Offensive lineman Tony Sparkman – Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata

Tony confirmed his Illinois commitment with me on the phone today. He's a transfer from Chicago (Hubbard) so he's familiar with the University of Illinois. Picked Illinois over U Conn

Offensive lineman Ryan McDonald – Holland (MI) West Ottawa

McDonald's father, Phil McDonald played center for Illinois and now Ryan will follow in dad's footsteps. Had a boat-load of MAC offers but no serious interest from any other major D-1 programs. Was named conference player of the year.

Summary - Last year, Illinois couldn't miss when it came to offensive lineman. In 2003, it's been the exact opposite. There's not a dire need for O-Lineman in Champain with last year's crop of road graders that included Martin O'Donnell, Kevin Gage, James Ryan and others.

Jim Jadron would be a gift. He's the most underrated offensive lineman in the Midwest.

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