Lovie Smith is still very active on the transfer market in the search for a quarterback. And now, Illinois is set to host another B1G quarterback.
According to Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer, Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters is set to visit Illinois this week, kickstarting a trip in which he’ll make three stops. Peters will also makes visits to Bowling Green and Miami (OH).
Peters decided to enter his name in the transfer portal following the 2019 spring season. With a crowded quarterback room in Ann Arbor — Shea Patterson, Dylan McCaffery, Joe Milton — Peters would’ve had his hands full while trying to find playing time.
If Peters was to settle on Illinois, though, he would likely walk into the starting job. The Illini lost last year’s primary starter A.J. Bush to graduation and M.J. Rivers has decided to transfer out. Peters would be a significant upgrade at the position for Smith and Co.
Earlier this offseason, the Illini also hosted former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens, but he decided to commit to Mississippi State.
Out of high school, Peters was the No. 61 overall prospect and was a four-star pro-style quarterback, per 247Sports rankings. during his time at Michigan, he made four starts and appeared in 11 games.
Peters saw most of his playing time in the 2017 season, making all four of his starts and playing in six total games. He threw for 672 yards and four touchdowns while completing 52.8 percent of his passes. He played in four games in 2018, but threw just two passes.
As a graduate transfer, Peters would be immediately eligible for the 2019 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.