Plenty of talent in Big Ten country

Recruits at Chicago Nike combine eye Illinois, other area schools

Originally Published: March 17, 2009
By JC Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

CHICAGO -- It's no secret that Illinois has been one of the better recruiting stories nationally since the arrival of head coach Ron Zook and his staff. The Fighting Illini have been aggressive on the recruiting trail and made in-roads with talented players both in and out-of-state.

One of the examples of that is Class of 2011 running back Calvin Phillips (Momence, Ill./Momence). The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was probably the top overall prospect at the combine in any classification and it's ...

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