The offseason has only just begun for the Fighting Illini, but some signs of turnover are already becoming evident. On Monday afternoon, sophomore running back Kendrick Foster announced his intent to transfer via Twitter.
I thought long and hard with my family and decided its best for myself to finish my football career at a diff D1University. @LemmingReport— KendrickFoster#⃣2⃣5⃣ (@KFos_25) November 30, 2015
The Peoria, IL product joined Illinois as a freshman in 2014, and was rated as a three-star recruit out of high school by Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and 247Sports. Foster went on to redshirt the 2014 season.
In 2015, Foster saw carries in three games for the Fighting Illini, and he totaled 78 yards and 1 touchdown. His most impressive performance came in the team's recent 32-23 loss to Minnesota when he rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries.
This announcement doesn't come as too big of a surprise, because Illinois' depth at running back makes it perhaps the most stable position on the team. Though star senior Josh Ferguson will be graduating this Spring, the Illini will return standout freshman Ke'Shawn Vaughn and junior Henry Enyenihi. Redshirt freshmen Dre Brown, and Reggie Corbin will also be added to the fold along with incoming four-star back Kentrail Moran (if he doesn't decommit, that is).