Stars lacking for Illini, but Zook still excited about 2010 class -

Stars lacking for Illini, but Zook still excited about 2010 class

There was no last-second commitment from a prized recruit and no surprises on signing day Wednesday for the Illinois football team.

After having successful signing days the last four years, ranked the 2010 Illini recruiting class 69th nationally and eighth in the Big Ten after 20 players signed national letters of intent Wednesday, pledging themselves to Illinois.

The Illini were ranked in the top 35 nationally and top five in the Big Ten each of the last four years.

The drop could hardly be considered surprising, as the Illini coaching staff has gone through a shake-up in a year the Illini had fewer scholarships to work with than normal and fewer wins.

Both defensive coordinators were demoted to position coaches (Curt Mallory has since left the program), while offensive coordinator Mike Schultz, receivers coach Jim Pry, quarterbacks coach Kurt Beathard and special teams coordinator Mike Woodford were all let go.

Perhaps the biggest hit of all to the recruiting class was losing recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell, who left to coach under Turner Gill at Kansas.

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