It's still only mid-July, which can make it a little difficult to keep cranking out new content that is actually interesting. This is why I'm thrilled we have a lot more writers now. Lessens the burden and all that. The only real news that will happen until Camp Rantoul is recruiting news and we're about to hit the slow part of that season as well.
So before falling asleep last night, I jotted down an idea for today's post (this happens more often than you'd think). I wanted to take a glance at what schools and conferences we'd beaten out for our dozen recruits thus far. So about those breakdowns.
MAC- 20 times
Toledo Rockets- Megginson, Brown, Corbin, Martin
Northern Illinois Huskies- Megginson, Brown, Nelson
Akron Zips- Megginson, Martin
Ball State Cardinals- Solomon, Martin
Bowling Green Falcons- Megginson, Martin
Buffalo Bulls- Nelson, Martin
Ohio Bobcats- Solomon, Martin
Western Michigan Broncos- Solomon, Fitzgerald
Kent State Golden Flashes- Brown
I'm not really surprised that we've beaten out the MAC more than any other conference. I'd prefer to see the Big Ten in the top spot, but with our recent history that just isn't very realistic. And honestly, beating more MAC teams out than any other conference isn't even that bad of a thing. The MAC schools are just like every other non-blue blood. They offer players they know they won't get because the worst that can happen is the player says no. So hey, might as well swing for those fences.
Big Ten- 16 times
Indiana Hoosiers- Megginson, Solomon, Nelson, Miller
Minnesota Golden Gophers- Megginson, Solomon
Nebraska Cornhuskers- Miller,
Ohio State Buckeyes- Megginson, Miller
Purdue Boilermakers- Megginson, Solomon
Michigan Wolverines- Miller
Michigan State Spartans- Megginson
Penn State Nittany Lions- Megginson
Wisconsin Badgers- Megginson
Also not a terribly surprising list, though I'd be lying if I didn't say I love that we've beaten Nebraska and Ohio State twice. Winning four against Indiana is pretty nice too. If we can consistently beat them, Purdue, and Minnesota for recruits, we'll quickly start putting them all in the rear view.
Pac-12- 11 times
California Golden Bears- Megginson, Miller
Oregon State Beavers- Megginson, Miller
Washington State Cougars- Miller, Corbin
Arizona State Sun Devils- Miller
Colorado Buffaloes- Miller
Oregon Ducks- Miller
Washington Huskies- Miller
Raise your hand if you thought the Pac-12 was going to be third on this list. Put your hand down, you dirty liar. For a team that rarely recruits high schoolers further west than Texas it feels a bit odd to compete with the Pac-12 over so many offers, but I guess it happens.
ACC- 10 times
Miami Hurricanes- Megginson, Miller
Syracuse Orange- Megginson, Solomon
Duke Blue Devils- Solomon
Louisville Cardinals- Megginson
North Carolina State Wolfpack- Megginson
Notre Dame Fighting Irish- Miller
Virginia Tech Hokies- Megginson
Wake Forest Demon Deacons- Miller
Yes, I consider Notre Dame to be in the ACC instead of an Independent. When you're contractually obligated to play that many games against teams from a conference, you're in their conference. Even though they're not what they were even a decade ago, beating out Miami twice looks pretty good on the old self-assessment.
Conference USA- 8 times
North Texas Mean Green- Mays, Miller
Florida International Panthers- Fitzgerald
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs- Mays
Marshall Thundering Herd- Corbin
Old Dominion Monarchs- Corbin
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles- Miller
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers- Heath
I don't really have anything to say about Conference USA other than that I hate it because it is fourteen members spread across three time zones and that's just stupid.
Cincinnati Bearcats- Megginson, Solomon
Memphis Tigers- Mays, Miller
Connecticut Huskies- Miller
Houston Cougars- Mays
SMU Mustangs- Miller
Tulsa Golden Hurricane- Miller
Another conference that is bizarre and unwieldy. If things continue to go right for the Illini, expect to see a lot of recruits with offers from the Bearcats. Beckman loves him some Ohio and I don't blame him.
SEC- 8 times
Kentucky Wildcats- Solomon, Miller
Mississippi State Bulldogs- Megginson, Miller
Arkansas Razorbacks- Megginson
Missouri Tigers- Megginson
Ole Miss Rebels- Megginson
Tennessee Volunteers- Miller
Take that best conference in football! We need to see that Missouri number go up, but that's probably a few years away from happening at best. For now I'm content with blocking the Wildcats.
Big 12- 3 times
Iowa State Cyclones- Megginson
Kansas Jayhawks- Miller
Texas Longhorns- Davis
Pretty surprised to see the Big 12 as the least battled with of the major conferences but then again, we only border one team from it anymore. Beating Texas (and only Texas) for insert name still feels wonderful.
FCS- 2 times
Illinois State Redbirds- Megginson
Sacramento State Hornets- Enyenihi
Yeah, nothing to really be proud of here. No player should ever choose an FCS school over the Illini.
Ivy League- 2 times
Harvard Crimson- Fitzgerald
Yale Bulldogs- Fitzgerald
Look at the big brain on Jimmy!
Mountain West- 2 times
Fresno State Bulldogs- Mays
Nevada Wolf Pack- Nelson
Apparently if you're a grouping of wolves or an overly inbred breed of dog, you cannot stop our mighty recruiting prowess.
Independent- 2 times
BYU Cougars- Mays, Miller
Who wants to move to Utah and not be able to have sex or fun? Not the Texans.
Sun Belt- 1 time
Louisiana Monroe Warhawks- Miller
I've got nothing.
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