Illinois Football: Good, bad and ugly from the Illini weekend

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EAST LANSING, MI – FEBRUARY 20: Head coach Brad Underwood of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks on during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on February 20, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Bad: Illini basketball recruiting momentum

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Illinois basketball team when it comes to recruiting. Over the last few months, the Illini have been in on a multitude of big-time players. The only thing is, they have failed to land some and are, potentially, on the verge of missing out on a few others.

The past misses don’t need to be rehashed, but there a few players on the board right now who are trending in the wrong direction.

Illinois had Anthony Walker visit back on September 6. He has now been on three official visits and is going to take two more. The recruiting front has been quiet on him about where he is leaning, though.

The big visit weekend for the Illini was two weekends ago. Oscar Tshiebwe, Terrence Shannon and EJ Liddell all visited Champaign at the same time. These are all top 90 players and two are top 50. This was a huge weekend for recruiting.

I think Shannon is the most likely to sign with the Illini. He seems to be trending toward in the Orange and Blue in my books. Liddell is committing on Monday night. People are saying he is going to pick OSU over Illinois and Missouri, but the Illini coaches have visited him a lot lately and I think they have a chance. I seem to be in the vast minority, though.

Tshiebwe is the final of the three recruits. He just visited Kentucky and will probably make his decision soon. Most people think he is not coming to Illinois. You never know, though.

Overall, the vibe I am getting from the Illinois community is things could go bad for the Illini when it comes to recruiting. But, I think we all need to calm down until the players actually make their selection.

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