Illinois has been active on the transfer market this offseason in an attempt to land a quarterback. On Tuesday evening, the Illini got their guy.
Former Michigan and four-star quarterback Brandon Peters announced via his Instagram on Tuesday night that he will be graduate transferring to Illinois. He will be immediately eligible for the 2019 season, and has two years of eligibility remaining.
To say Peters’ commitment is big for the Illini is a major understatement.
“I want to thank the University of Michigan for the opportunity to represent the winged helmet. The memories and friendships that I made along this journey will last a lifetime,” Peters wrote on Instagram. “I am excited to announce that I will be going to grad school and playing my last 2 years at the University of Illinois.”
Illinois was in desperate need of a quarterback, having lost last year’s starters A.J. Bush (graduation) and M.J. Rivers (transfer). Though he spent last year on the sideline in Ann Arbor, Peters is likely to win the starting job in Champaign almost immediately.
Most of Peters’ playing time at Michigan came in 2017, a year in which the Wolverines battled several injuries at the quarterback position. He appeared in six games that season, throwing for 672 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions while completing nearly 53 percent of his passes.
He started in four games at Michigan, going 2-2 in those contests. Last season, Peters appeared in just four games and recorded just two passes.
Illinois is coming off a 4-8 season and is hoping to return to the postseason for the first time under head coach Lovie Smith. The arrival of Peters certainly gives the Illini a shot at accomplishing that.