Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announced Wednesday the addition of eight student-athletes: six junior college transfers who signed national letters of intent and two high school seniors who signed Big Ten tenders to enroll at Illinois in January 2015 and play football for the Fighting Illini. All eight incoming student-athletes plan on participating in spring football practices with the Orange and Blue.
The junior college additions include three offensive linemen - including the No. 1 junior college center and the No. 2 JUCO offensive guard in the nation - the Nos. 1 and 7 junior college tight ends in the nation and a running back ranked No. 10 in the JUCO ranks. The two high school January enrollees, Dre Brown and Jimmy Fitzgerald, both rank among the top players in the state of Illinois.