Former Illinois wide receiver Desmond Cain will transfer to North Dakota State, the player revealed Monday.
“I would like to start off by thanking the University of Illinois, Tim Beckman, and Bill Cubit for giving me a shot at a great degree and allowing me to play for one of the greatest institutions,” Cain announced on his Twitter account. “I would like to announce that I will be furthering my education and football career at North Dakota State for the next two years!”
A three-star recruit out of Delray Beach, Fla., Cain ranked third on the club as a true freshman in 2015, hauling in 53 grabs for 492 yards and a touchdown. His Fighting Illini tenure peaked at No. 3 Ohio State with a 10-catch, 102-yard performance.
However, a knee injury and a coaching change saw Cain’s standing in Champaign change. He appeared in only five games in 2016, catching five passes for 61 yards.
As an interdivisional transfer, Cain will be eligible to play for the Bison immediately in 2017.