CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Luke Ford’s transfer waiver request has been denied by the NCAA, the Illinois tight end tweeted on Wednesday.
The Carterville native played one season at Georgia last fall before deciding to come back to his home state. The former 4-star prospect was hoping to get closer to his family and grandfather, who is sick.
“We’re all disappointed Luke Ford’s waiver request for immediate eligibility was denied,” Illinois spokesperson Kent Brown said. “There is an appeal process that we intend to help Luke explore.”
Ford would have been a big boost for the Illini offense this season. The 6-foot-6, 250 pound do-it-all tight end was the top prospect in the state in the 2018 class. Ford will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2019 season, if Illinois doesn’t win an appeal.
The move by the NCAA follows its decision to allow Georgia quarterback Justin Fields to transfer immediately to Ohio State and Buckeyes quarterback Tate Martell to move to Miami. Both will be eligible this fall.
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