CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) -- Illinois is starting to earn notoriety in parts of the college football world as "Transfer U."

As one more former four-star recruit joined the program while another former five-star player signed with an NFL team on Tuesday, that nickname is more fitting than ever.


WR Brian Hightower

6-3, 210 pounds

No. 154 player in Class of 2018

High school: Graduated from IMG Academy (Fla.)

Hometown: Leimert Park, Calif.

12 catches, 148 yards, 1 TD in 18 games (2 seasons)


DE Oluwole Betiku

6-3, 250 pounds

Former No. 15 overall recruit in Class of 2016

9 sacks in 10 games last season for Illini (missed 3 with ankle injury)

4.69 in the 40-yard dash (would have been t-3rd at NFL Combine at his position)

20-yard shuttle, three-cone and vertical jump all would have been Top 10 at the Combine at his position

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