By Joe Henricksen
With rumors all over the internet concerning the future of Rich South sophomore star Crandall Head, the brother of
former Illini great and current Houston Rocket Luther Head, and after spending the weekend in Champaign listening
and hearing the rumors while Head was also on campus, it looks like Illinois may be on the verge of landing another
quality young prospect. Head has let it be known he may very well end his recruitment early.
The 6-4 athletic wing is without question one of the top five prospects in the Class of 2010 in the state of Illinois. If
Head indeed commits to the Illini, as word spread quickly that it looks like he will, coach Bruce Weber and his staff
will have secured another high-major talent. Head is still extremely raw, but his body, length and superior
athleticism jumps out at you. Aside from Jereme Richmond of Waukegan and maybe Anthony Johnson of
Whitney Young, Head may just have the greatest upside in the Class of 2010. Remember, he is still awfully young.
But the thought of a Crandall Head, D.J. Richardson, Joseph Bertrand, Jereme Richmond and Brandon Paul -- all in
the 6-3 to 6-6 range -- running up and down the floor, finishing in transition, using their length defensively, has to
be making Weber and his staff salivate when comparing it to the group of players they will have the next two years.
While the Head commitment is not finalized in stone, and there is still a long way to go between now and signing
day for all five of these prospects, it's pretty amazing to see how the tide has turned in Illinois regarding recruiting
and Bruce Weber. The recruiting setbacks of the past, which had really reached a breaking point as far as I'm
concerned and just couldn't continue for another year, are just that -- a thing of the past. Now fans can get real
greedy and hope for the final piece of the perimeter puzzle -- Whitney Young super sophomore Anthony Johnson.