The Los Angeles-to-Champaign pipeline is alive and well.
After landing wide receiver Trevon Sidney and defensive end Oluwole Betiku, Jr., the Fighting Illini have added wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, he announced Monday.
“Transitions are never easy, but the support has definitely helped lighten the load,” Imatorbhebhe, No. 17 above, wrote in an iPhone note posted to his Twitter account. “Without further ado I’m pleased to announce my commitment to…
THE University of Illinois; with a plan to get my Masters (sic) in Strategic Brand Communications.”
A former 4-star recruit in the class of 2016 out of Suwanee, Ga., Imatorbehbhe redshirted in his first year on campus, then caught just two passes in his two seasons on the active roster, with his 2018 season slowed by an ankle injury.
Imatorbehbhe will have two seasons to play immediately for the Illini.
Illinois has already missed out on one transfer from USC — after thinking they had landed him — but are still in play for another.
Last week, 247Sports.com reported, wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe took an official visit to the Illini campus. In late January, Imatorbhebhe had taken to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer from the Trojans.
As Imatorbhebhe has already graduated from USC, the receiver would be eligible to play in 2019 at any FBS school to which he transfers.
Imatorbhebhe was a four-star 2016 signee who had two catches for 11 yards as a redshirt freshman. This past season, an ankle injury helped keep him sidelined for the entire 2018 season.
We would be remiss if we didn’t note that, already this offseason, three wide receivers have reneged on their signed (in two cases) commitments to the Illini to either return to their previous school or sign with another.