Lovie Smith has been pretty active on the transfer market this offseason. Over the last few days, he’s been particularly focused on bringing a quarterback to Champaign.
Over the weekend, former Penn State quarterback Tommy Stevens visited Illinois, one of the three campuses he’s visiting this week. But the Avon, Ind. native wasn’t the only gunslinger to make the trip Littyville.
According to Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer, USC graduate transfer Matt Fink also made a trip to Champaign over the weekend.
With a strong quarterback competition at USC, Fink decided to enter the transfer portal and look for an opportunity to win the starting job elsewhere. With MJ Rivers announcing his decision to leave Illinois on Saturday, the Illini are in desperate need of depth and experience at the position.
Fink played in a limited role for the Trojans, appearing in seven games over the last two years. He completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 89 yards and a touchdown. Fink also accounted for 106 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Fink would be a graduate transfer and would be immediately eligible for the 2019 season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
As a high school recruit, Fink was one of the top 500 players in the 2016 recruiting class and held offers from several big-time programs before settling on USC. But he was never able to win the starting job with the Trojans.
Currently, the Illini have just one quarterback on the roster who has thrown a pass in a game, rising sophomore Matt Robinson. He complete three passes for 11 yards in 2018.