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 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?
Don’t look now, but another USC wide receiver is on the move. In the same week that saw the highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2019 already choose to leave the Trojans, now receiver Trevon Sidney is looking for a new place to call home. As first reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, via Twitter, Sidney has entered his name into the mystical and all-powerful NCAA transfer portal, making him eligible to explore his potential options in the transfer process.
Sidney appeared in nine games for USC in 2018 and caught seven passes for 104 yards. Playing in mostly a reserve role in the USC offense, it would seem Sidney is looking for a chance to play a more meaningful role in the fall. Sidney has two years of eligibility remaining.
Earlier this week, Class of 2019 wide receiver Bru McCoy officially moved on from USC before even taking part in a single practice. McCoy, who decided to transfer from USC following the abrupt departure of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury (now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals). Texas became the landing spot for the star wide receiver. All that is left to determine is if McCoy has to sit out the 2019 season or if he will be eligible to play right away this fall.