Illinois football appears to have gained some ground over an in-state recruit
It was proven that the previous Illini coaching system wasn’t effective in recruiting. Regular recruiting was difficult and almost impossible to find an in-state recruit. This is the new era in Illinois football. This is the Bret Bielema Era.
Bielema’s team has been a success and are recruiting at an level Illinois fans haven’t seen since the Ron Zook days. There were still a few recruits from Illinois who were already committed to other programs, despite the strong recruiting presence. Eian Pugh was one of those recruits.
Pugh is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound wide receiver who hails from Oak Park in Illinois. He also attends Fenwick High School. He is rated three star recruit and ranked No. 700 players in the class 2022. He is also the No. He is also the No. 95 wide receiver in the country and the No. 13 players from Illinois.
Pugh committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 25, 2020. Although this was a setback for the Illini, the Orange and Blue were still in the process to hire their next head coach. Pugh was offered by Illinois on March 4. This was only the beginning of a relationship.
Pugh would then arrange three official visits. On June 4, he visited the Illini. On June 4, he visited the Illini. He also visited Cincinnati on June 18. He will next be visiting Iowa on June 25, Pugh’s visit to Cincinnati was over this weekend. However, after that visit, his recruitment took an unexpected turn.
Pugh decided Monday to reopen his recruiting after the Bearcats visit. Pugh is currently looking for a new home and is back on the market to recruit. Champaign could be his new home.
Illini Inquirer has not one, but two Crystal Ball forecasts that Illinois will land Pugh. These predictions are confident seven out of 10, which is usually a sign that it will happen. This would be an enormous addition to the program.
Iowa football must pass Illinois football.
Pugh will still be visiting Iowa this weekend, despite multiple predictions from the Illini that he would land. Before I can be confident that Illinois will land Pugh, we need to go through the official visit.
Iowa is a state with a lot of recruiting potential. They are known for attracting some of the best talent. Pugh’s recruitment will reveal the power Bielema wields as a head coach. This has been the most difficult recruiting battle for Bielema during his tenure at Illinois. It is crucial for him to win.
Illinois should be able to complete the deal and bring Pugh aboard. He is a major target and can be a formidable opponent. Let’s make this program a force to be reckoned with.