While driving through Florida and interviewing 150 players in the class of 2010, it became apparent that Illinois hasn't offered nearly as many prospects as a year ago and only a couple of players listed the Illini among the top 10 schools they are considering. A year ago, many Floridians listed Illinois among their favorites.
It is obvious, as I've said earlier, that Illinois coach Ron Zook has mapped out a different recruiting strategy for this year. It has been shaped in part because the Illini weren't too successful in Florida a year ago and because of the loss of their best recruiter, Mike Locksley, who became head coach at New Mexico.
The hiring of Mike Schultz signals a new chapter in Illini recruiting. Schultz has many contacts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Schultz was the offensive coordinator at Texas Christian for 11 years and will handle the same responsibility at Illinois.