Division I college football coaches are allowed to make two separate school visits between April 15 and May 31.
So which three areas in Illinois will be the hot spots for college coaches from across the country looking at the Class of 2015 and beyond?
1. The Greater Springfield Area
As hard as it seems for those of us living in the Chicagoland area, the main recruiting hot spots are not in the area. The Greater Springfield Area features a handful of top ranked, and highly sought after offensive tackles in Sacred Heart-Griffin junior Quinn Oseland (6-foot-7, 307 pounds) and Jacksonville Gabe Megginson (6-foot-5, 285 pounds). Sacred Heart-Griffin also has a handful of others to watch in junior quarterback Gabe Green (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) plus junior guard Michael Zeigler (6-foot-4, 240 pounds). Springfield High School junior guard Logan Winders (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is drawing looks from several schools.
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2. The Greater St. Louis Area
The Illinois side of the Mississippi River always has talent. East St. Louis features some of the most sought after recruits in junior four-star ranked defensive end Terry Beckner Jr. (6-foot-4, 270 pounds), Missouri verbal commit running back Natereace Strong (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), freshman wide receiver Jeff Thomas (5-foot-10, 165 pounds). O'Fallon always has talent, and sophomore running back Kentrail Moran (5-foot-9, 186 pounds) already has scholarship offers. O'Fallon, Belleville West and Belleville Althoff all have talent. Expect the Metro Area to be filled with college coaches.
3, Nazareth Academy
The Road Runners have a serious abundance of talent. Junior tackle Jack Shutack (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) has an early offer from Western Michigan, and serious looks from several Big Ten schools. Joining Shutack in the Class of 2015 are junior safety/linebacker Decxavier Kelly-Martin, junior guard Michael Owens, junior wideout Kevin Jackson and junior running back/linebacker Nolan Dean. The Road Runners also have talent in the lower levels that are already drawing recruiting looks this spring.