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The ever-changing hunt: the evolution of college football recruitment

Illinois football players sing Alma Mater with the Fighting Illini following Illinois' 27-25 win over Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 26. Front and center in the photo is Gabe Megginson (72), Illinois' highest-ranked recruit last season.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

February 1, 2016

John Holecek fulfilled a lifelong dream when he committed to play football at the University of Illinois in 1991. Holecek was a three-sport athlete at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and received offers to play football from multiple Big Ten schools. Now an IHSA ...

The Daily Illini's College Football Playoff picks

Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) scores on a 3-yard touchdown run during the second half against North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 56-41. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 9, 2015

Editor's note: Each week, The Daily Illini staffers will offer up their take on the teams that should make it into the College Football Playoff. Peter Bailey-Wells, sports editor1. Ohio State (9-0)The Buckeyes are the undefeated defending champions. Regardless of strength of schedule, they're going to b...

Wildcats’ stout defense ready to stifle Big Ten West

Illinois' Mason Monheim (43) and T.J. Neal (52) tackle Northwestern 's Treyvon Green (22) during the game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The Illini won 47-33.

By Dan Escalona

October 6, 2015

On a nippy Chicago fall afternoon, the ferocious defense of the Northwestern Wildcats forced the Minnesota Golden Gophers into the meat grinder that Ryan Field has become.The 27-0 win over the Gophers was Northwestern’s second shutout of the season.That dominant performance is another exploit of a...

College football revolution stalled, for now

Illinois' Eaton Spence (27) tackles Northwestern's Austin Carr (80) during the game at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The Illini won 47-33.

By Dan Escalona

August 25, 2015

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter was on the verge of leading a college sports revolution and becoming an icon of the labor movement in one swoop.Instead, he has become a modern Sisyphus-like figure in a campaign to create a more equitable system in college athletics.Colter was driving the e...