The Fighting Illini could miss out on all four of the top in-state recruits...
Nothing is final yet (and things can change quickly in the recruiting world) but it is certainly looking like none of the top three top remaining in-state recruits will choose Illinois.
Here's a breakdown of the three situations:
Matt Humphrey, Hales Franciscan: First off the rumors aren't true. Humphrey has not committed to Oregon yet. He confirmed that today on the way to the Peach Jam. He's a bright, personable kid that handled his struggles last season with a lot of class and dignity. It's well known that his father attended Illinois and Matt himself was very interested in Illinois during the first three years of his high school career. Illinois may have waited too long to make an offer. Now, sources at Hales say Oregon is the clear leader. Joevan Catron, a teammate of Humphrey and Farragut's Michael Dunigan on the Meanstreets AAU team, had a very positive experience with Ernie Kent and the Ducks this past season, earning some nice minutes on a Elite Eight team. For some reason, Bruce Weber and his staff have been unable to make any inroads with Tai Streets' Meanstreets program.
Michael Dunigan, Farragut: Like Humphrey, his close friend, Dunigan is a terrific student and a solid kid with a strong family behind him. He's also the one player from the class of 2008 that has a real shot at an NBA career. Many big men don't even start to develop into dominating forces until after high school (Roy Hibbert and Patrick O'Bryant for example). The important thing is Dunigan keeps improving. It's tough to get a real handle on Dunigan's recruitment, but popular opinion long had Georgetown as his leader. Now it looks like Oregon is making a serious run at him, however it may be too far from home. There are rumors that Florida State now has a serious shot, but I haven't heard anyone mention Illinois recently.
Iman Shumpert, Oak Park: At this time last year, no one would have predicted that Shumpert would earn an offer from North Carolina. Well, that's just what he went out and did this spring. Shumpert has been vocal about his love of the ACC, and that's when Clemson and Georgia Tech were after him. It's hard to imagine him turning down the Tar Heels.
There is a silver lining for Illinois. Shumpert, Dunigan and Humphrey aren't instant impact program changing type players. They will be solid college players, maybe even stars, but they won't have Derrick Rose/Sherron Collins type freshman years. PR wise, it may hurt for Weber and his staff to miss out on all three, but there is no doubt they will be able to find similarly talented players somewhere else in the country.