No riots here: Yesterday was signing day for the Fighting Illini. The basketball team picked up one player, Crete Monee’s Michael Orris.
The second time through the recruiting process, the Orris family found significantly more interest from major colleges than they’d previously been aware of. In addition to offers from Creighton and six other mid-majors, Michael Orris got offers from Nebraska, Boston College, Virginia and Colorado as well as Illinois.
After making an official visit to Nebraska and scheduling stops at Boston College and Virginia, Orris chose Illinois.
Orris will provide much-needed depth at the point guard position. This season will be the first time we’ve had two point guards on the roster since the brief Chester/Demitri overlap. And Sam is gone next year.
Listen to defensive coordinator Vic Koenning – a 24-year college football coach – and he makes it sound as tough last season’s defensive performance against the Wolverines still gives him night sweats.
Who could blame him? Illinois gave up 676 yards and 33 first downs as Michigan won the highest scoring game in Big Ten Conference history, 67-65 in three overtimes.
It seems Michigan’s offense has fallen back to earth this year. At the same time, their defense has at least pretended to be competent. The game Saturday should be interesting, to say the least. It might come down to who can struggle less.
It wasn’t just signing day for the basketball team:
Dwenger volleyball star thrilled to sign with Illini
Streator baseball star chooses Illini
Nice to see the non-revenue sports add to their already impressive array of talent.