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Recruiting relationships pay off on signing day

Updated: February 6, 2008, 8:25 AM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Most people enter Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., through the front door. Not Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. He saves about 20 minutes, skips a few steps (including the metal detectors) and goes in through the lower entrance closer to the football coach's office.

"He knows when I'm coming," Locksley said of Dunbar coach Craig Jefferies.

The principal, guidance counselors, security guards, athletic director -- they all know Locksley.

"When ...

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