April 15-- Apr. 15--Southern California graduate transfer Trevon Sidney announced Sunday on Twitter that he will continue his playing career at Illinois.

He announced his decision just a few days after Trojans teammate defensive end Oluwole Betiku announced he would transfer to Champaign.

Sidney, a 5-foot-11 170-pound slot receiver, caught seven passes for 104 yards last season. He will be able to play immediately in the fall and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

He has battled injuries since joining USC as a four-star recruit, when he picked the Trojans over Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA and Washington. He redshirted as a freshman and had hip surgeries in 2016.

April 13

Northwestern: The Wildcats landed the sixth and seventh members of its 2020 class Saturday when Wheaton North outside linebacker Xander Mueller and Ohio offensive lineman Terah Edwards announced their commitments.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Mueller, a three-star recruit, is ranked 85th at his position nationally and 21st overall in Illinois, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

Edwards, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior at Groveport Madison High School, is the 56th-ranked guard prospect in the country and 38th-ranked player in Ohio, according to 247Sports. He also is a three-star recruit.

April 11

Illinois: The Illini added a former five-star recruit to its defensive line Thursday when Oluwole Betiku Jr. announced he is transferring from USC.

The No. 15 recruit in the nation and the top weak-side defensive end prospect in the Class of 2016, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Betiku sat out last season after hip surgery. He played in 14 games over his first two seasons with the Trojans and made two tackles. Illinois defensive line coach Austin Clark was a defensive graduate assistant at USC those two seasons.

As a graduate transfer, Betiku will be eligible to play for the Illini this fall and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. The Nigerian-born Betiku attended Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif.

April 8

Illinois: The Illini's recruiting roll continued with the commitment of four-star Marist wide receiver Jadon Thompson.

The 6-2, 160-pound Thompson is the No. 5 prospect in the state, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, and gives the Illini three Class of 2020 commitments in the last two days. Four-star running back Reggie Love of St. Louis and three-star Simeon offensive lineman Marcus Harper -- the No. 7 recruit in Illinois -- announced their commitments Sunday. All three took unofficial visits to Champaign last weekend.

Illinois beat out Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue, among others, for Thompson, who posted a short video on Twitter to announce his commitment.

April 7

Illinois: The Illini landed their first two 2020 commitments in Marcus Harper, a three-star offensive lineman from Simeon who played at Homewood-Flossmoor last season, and Reggie Love, a four-star running back from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis -- the same school where 2019 Illinois signees Isaiah Williams and Shammond Cooper played.

April 6

Notre Dame: The Irish got their sixth 2020 commitment from four-star wide receiver Jordan Johnson of DeSmet Jesuit in St. Louis. He's the top recruit in Missouri and the nation's No. 6 wide receiver prospect in the composite rankings.

March 27

Notre Dame: Offensive lineman Greg Crippen, a Massachusetts native who plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., joined quarterback Tyler Buchner as the second member of the Irish's 2021 class.

March 9

Northwestern: Three-star Lake Zurich tight end Hunter Welcing became the fifth member of the Wildcats' 2020 class and the first in-state commitment. The 6-4, 220-pound Welcing is the No. 20 recruit in Illinois and the 42nd-ranked tight end prospect in the nation.

March 8

Notre Dame: The Irish got their first 2021 commitment from quarterback Tyler Buchner, a four-star recruit from San Diego who's ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback prospect in his class.

Feb. 13

Notre Dame: Aidan Keanaaina, a four-star defensive tackle from Denver, became Notre Dame's fifth 2020 commitment.


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