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For third time this offseason, WR reneges on commitment to Illinois


This is truly unbelievable.

In late December, Illinois announced that transfer wide receiver Jeff Thomas had signed a financial aid agreement and would enroll at the university for the spring 2019 semester; a month later, Thomas reversed course and returned to Miami. In early January, transfer wide receiver A.D. Miller signed a Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid and planned to enroll at the University of Illinois this spring; two months later, Miller reneged on that commitment and returned to Oklahoma.

Fast-forward to mid-March, and Dejon Brissett announced on social media that he would be transferring from FCS Richmond to Illinois. Amazingly, Brissett took to social media yet again Monday to confirm that he too will be leaving Illinois at the receiving corps altar and will instead continue his collegiate playing career at Virginia.

Brissett 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 take a redshirt for this past season under the new NCAA rule. In those three games, incidentally, he caught 16 passes for 299 yards.

As Brissett heads to Charlottesville from the FCS ranks, he will be eligible to play for the Cavaliers in 2019.

Earlier this month, USC wide receiver Trevon Sydney announced that he would be transferring to Illinois; at press time, it’s unclear exactly when Sydney will be reneging on that commitment and returning to the Trojans.

USC WR Trevon Sidney transferring to Illinois

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Illinois has added another wide receiver and another Trojan in Trevon Sidney.

Sidney is the second player this month to leave Los Angeles for Champaign, following former 5-star defensive end Oluwe Betiku, Jr. He’s also the second wide receiver addition in the past two months, joining Richmond’s Dejon Brissett.

A Pasadena native, Sidney signed with USC in 2016 and redshirted his first year on campus. After undergoing offseason surgery on both hips, Sidney appeared in nine 2017 games, catching three passes for 35 yards. He caught seven passes for 104 yards in nine appearances last season.

Though he’s leaving USC, could Sidney return to his hometown by helping Illinois reach the Rose Bowl? Probably not, but he’ll stranger things have happened. Right?