Report: Auburn DE Transferring to Illinois


CHAMPAIGN -- The Illini are addressing a need in their defensive front seven, reportedly adding Auburn transfer Gimel President to the 2016 recruiting class.

President is a 6-foot-4, 263 pound defensive lineman.  On his Auburn bio page, he's described as a "reserve who provides depth at defensive end."

President is expected to graduate from Auburn in May, and will go to Illinois as a graduate transfer, meaning he'll be eligible to play in 2016.

According to the Post and Courier out of South Carolina, "Al Seamonson, now a linebackers coach at Illinois, recruited President to Maryland out of high school and stayed in touch with the family."

President was a 2012 Parade All-American following his senior season at Wando High School in South Carolina.

The schools are swapping defensive players -- in an interesting, yet likely unrelated move, former Illinois LB T.J. Neal transferred to Auburn. Neal was Illinois' 2nd-leading tackler in 2015.

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