The Fighting Illini football defense just secured a huge addition. Via Twitter, former California middle linebacker Hardy Nickerson announced his intent to transfer to Illinois in order to play for his father, Hardy Nickerson Sr., who's the new Defensive Coordinator in Champaign. The 6-foot, 230-pound senior will be immediately eligible to play in 2016.
This is a huge addition for the Illini, who are looking to replace two starting linebackers in Mason Monheim (graduation) and T.J. Neal (transfer). The news only just broke, but it's already hard envisioning a scenario in which Nickerson isn't No. 1 on the depth chart heading into Week 1.
Gigantic. Massive pick-up. Biggest position of need. Lose one top-50 tackler in cfb (TJ Neal) and pick up another (Hardy Nickerson Jr)? HUGE— Robert (@ALionEye) April 21, 2016
You can view Nickerson's announcement in the below tweet.
ANNOUNCEMENT pic.twitter.com/ApAzKh2jS3— Hardy Nickerson (@younghardy_) April 21, 2016