Monday, Illinois made official the transfer of offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki from Penn State to the Illini.
Two days later, first-year head coach Tim Beckman is reportedly close to landing yet another line transfer from a fellow Big Ten school.
According to the Peoria Journal Star, Ryan Klachko has decided to leave the Nebraska football program and continue his playing career elsewhere. A source told the paper that Klachko is leaning toward a transfer to Illinois, although no decision on a new destination has been made.
In a sign that the Illini are indeed deep in the mix, however, Klachko was in attendance at Illinois’ practice Tuesday morning.
A Springfield, Ill., native, Klachko was a four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 12 guard in the country by Rivals.com. Klachko took a redshirt for his true freshman season last year.
Unlike Nowicki, Klachko would be forced to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.