Illinois WR, former 4-star member of 2016 recruiting class, enters transfer portal
As Bret Bielema and his staff take the reins of the Illinois football program, the departures continue.
On Wednesday, Jeremy Werner with 247Sports reported that wide receiver Trevon Sidney appears to be on his way out of Champaign as he has entered the transfer portal. This is the latest chapter in a roller-coaster career for Sidney.
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) January 13, 2021
Sidney’s college football path dates back to 2016. He was highly regarded coming out of La Puente, California. 247Sports had him rated as the 26th best receiver in the Class of 2016 and a four-star prospect.
After committing to USC, Sidney sat out the 2016 season to redshirt. After that season, he had surgery on both hips. In 2017, he was a backup wide receiver but did find some limited playing time.
As a redshirt sophomore, he improved on his production as he went for 7 catches and 104 yards. Following that season, Sidney was a graduate transfer who made his way to join Lovie Smith and Co. at Illinois. In 2019, he played in just five games before being sidelined by a major hamstring injury. Sidney did not play at all in 2020.
With the NCAA’s special rules for the 2020 season, Sidney appears to have one more year of eligibility. He becomes the fifth Illinois player to enter the portal this offseason. Others include defensive end Owen Carney, tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, running back Kenyon Sims, and linebacker/defensive back Delano Ware.