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Third time around, Illinois lands transfer wide receiver


Illinois has been on the hunt for a transfer wide receiver, and what a hunt it was. At first, Illinois secured a commitment from Miami’s Jeff Thomas, who changed his mind and returned to the Sunshine State. AD Miller then committed to Illinois, but then he decided to return to Oklahoma.

Now, in their third time at bat, Illinois has found a transfer wideout — this time from the FCS.

Richmond wide receiver Dejon Brissett has announced his intent to play for the Illini, doing so over Instagram.

“Biggest decision I’ve ever made in my life,” Brissett wrote in his post. “And proud to say that next year I will continue to play and study at the University of Illinois. Thank you to everyone who’s been there in this process, I will always be a Spider!”

A native Canadian, Brissett played at Lake Forest Academy in the Chicagoland area before signing with Richmond. He was an All-Colonial Athletic Association player in 2017 after catching 63 passes for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in just three games in 2018 before suffering a broken foot, which allowed him to use that season as a redshirt and pursue a graduate transfer to the Big Ten.

He will arrive in Champaign in June and is expected to be an immediate contributor.