While it slowed a bit, the transfer tear Illinois football has been on over the past month or so has picked back up.
In mid-March, ex-Alabama linebacker Christian Bell tweeted that he was moving on to the Illini. Shortly thereafter, we noted that an FCS All-American offensive lineman had opted to transfer into the Illinois football program. New Mexico State wide receiver Desmond Dan did the same. As did Miami wide receiver Brian Hightower. And Mississippi State offensive lineman Brevyn Jones as well in early May.
Thursday, Lovie Smith was at it again. On Twitter, TreSean Smith announced that he has committed to the Illinois football team. Smith had confirmed in February his intent to transfer from Louisville.
“Commit To The Lord Whatever You Do and He’ll Establish Your Plans,” the defensive back wrote in his Twitter post.
— TreSean Smith (@Tre11Smith) May 14, 2020
Smith was a three-star member of the Louisville football Class of 2017. The Cincinnati product was the No. 27 player regardless of position in the state of Ohio.
In his first two seasons with the Cardinals, Smith totaled 70 tackles and two interceptions. In August of last year, Smith was indefinitely suspended by then-first-year head coach Scott Satterfield. He did not record a statistic at all this past season because of the suspension.
Smith is coming to the Illinois football team as a graduate transfer. He also comes armed with two years of eligibility. Obviously, he’ll be eligible to play for the Fighting Illini in 2020.