Florida received a very nice surprise earlier today with the announcement that cornerback Janoris Jenkins was returning for another season.
Illinois was also on the receiving end of a surprise, but in the opposite direction.
ESPNChicago.com spoke to Martez Wilson today, and the linebacker revealed that he will make himself available for the April NFL draft.
“I know I can get better but I’m ready to make this move,” Wilson said. “I can play inside or outside. I will be a versatile NFL player.”
“College has been a great experience and I’ve matured greatly. I appreciate what I have now and I’ve been making good decisions.”
Wilson, who was a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2010, will graduate in May, which likely played a big role in his decision.
This could likely be the first of two significant losses for the Illini. Tuesday, running back Mikel Leshoure will announce at a 10 a.m. CT press conference at his former high school which direction his football future will take.
It’s widely expected Leshoure will join his teammate in the NFL draft pool.