On the way to my first vacation (only two days) in since 1999, I want to update you on some of the top prospects I encountered in South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Illinois used to be a dominant and omni-present factor in the Maryland/D.C. area--until recruiting whiz Mike Locksley left to become head coach at New Mexico. Illinois also was strong in Florida. But the Illini are seldom mentioned in these parts now. Instead, Iowa and Wisconsin are getting a lot of attention from the leading players.
Ohio State is in on most of the big-name prospects. Purdue and Michigan are all over Florida. Look for Illinois to renew its ties in Florida when coach Ron Zook's newly hired assistants from Louisville make their presence felt. They have more ties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana but they did a great job in Florida, too.