Move over, Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer. Illinois Fighting Illini and head coach Tim Beckman may have picked up the most dynamic player available for the 2014 season–and he’s already been on a BCS college campus.
Transferring Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt has made his long awaited decision as to where he will pick up his college career. After deciding to leave the Stillwater once being informed that he was not slated to be the starter this fall, Lunt will indeed to back home to Illinois and play for Beckman and crew in the B1G–one of the few conferences that he was not restricted from by Mike Gundy.
Recently, the decision came down to Illinois and the Louisville Cardinals. With Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to take off to the NFL following this year, a move there made sense also in regards to playing right away.
However, as first reported by Springfield, Illinois’ Channel 1450 Sports Director Zach Kerker, Lunt will indeed be going back home.
BREAKING: Wes Lunt will transfer to the University of Illinois.
— Zach Kerker (@ZachKerker) June 17, 2013
Lunt was expected to be a force for the Oklahoma State Cowboys when he arrived on campus last season, basically picking up where former QB Brandon Weeden left off and hopefully finally leading the Cowboys to a coveted BCS National Championship. But injuries last season coupled with the outcome of this past spring forced Lunt to move on from those aspirations.
This is a huge grab for the Illini. Being close to home, it’s all but guaranteed that Lunt will be happy in Champaign. He’s talented enough that if they can get the right pieces around him, the landscape of the Big Ten could be in for a slight change.