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Illini close to landing another lineman transfer from Big Ten school

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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.

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5 Responses to “Illini close to landing another lineman transfer from Big Ten school”
  1. beedubyatoo says: Aug 9, 2012 2:25 PM

    So much for the “brotherhood” between B1G coaches. Every man for himself.

    Then again, Beckman is new. He may have not gotten Beilema’s memo yet.

  2. uziele says: Aug 9, 2012 2:30 PM

    Looks like someone will be sitting at a lunch table by himself at next year’s Big 10 Coaches Summit.

  3. thraiderskin says: Aug 9, 2012 4:04 PM

    I don’t have an issue with a B1G school accepting a PSU transfer, but I do get bothered by B1G coaches actively recruiting them. Its not that I don’t believe in hard recruiting tactics, its just the reason why for the recruitment. I don’t care for the brotherhood crap, but everything about the situation comes off vastly more dirty to me. Open recruiting is fair game, poaching is distasteful.

  4. jonkybon says: Aug 9, 2012 4:27 PM

    If Klachko was a redshirt last season (his freshman year) and sits this season per the transfer rule, why wouldn’t he have 4 years of eligability instead of 3?

  5. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 9, 2012 9:42 PM

    Kind of like saying you didn’t go on campus. Then set up shop 1/2 block off campus. If there’s one game I think Penn State whoops it might be against Illinois. Sure that pisses off the coaches and players that stayed

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