The Fighting Illini coaching staff is gearing up for a very busy month. Starting on Friday, Lovie Smith and his assistants will hit the road over the next 15 days to attend a total of 8 satellite camps in 4 different states. These showcases will be extremely important for the program's recruiting efforts, as the Fighting Illini continue to play catch-up for several coveted class-of-2017 prospects.
The first three camps (June 3-4) will be held in and around the Chicagoland area. It's likely that Illinois will be handing out a flurry of scholarship offers this weekend, as they'll be Lovie Smith's first opportunities to evaluate most of these prospects in person.
Here's a quick look at Illinois' complete camp schedule.
- June 3 - Satellite camp at Gately Stadium (Chicago, IL)
- June 4 (am) - Satellite camp at Barrington High School (Barrington, IL)
- June 4 (pm) - Satellite camp at Lincoln-Way East High School (Mokena, IL)
- June 7 - Satellite camp at Trinity High School (St. Louis, MO)
- June 8 - Satellite camp at Lancaster High School (Dallas, TX)
- June 9 - Satellite camp at Thurgood Marshall High School (Houston, TX)
- June 12 - Showcase Camp & Big Man camp at Memorial Stadium
- June 15 - Specialist Camp at Memorial Stadium
- June 17 - Satellite camp at Plant High School (Tampa, FL)
- June 18 - Satellite camp at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
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