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Illinois offensive lineman Leon Hill to transfer to NIU

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HuskieWire has the scoop:

Provided everything works out with his paperwork, Illinois offensive lineman Leon Hill intends on transferring to Northern Illinois, Hill said Sunday.

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Per his Illinois bio:

High School: A four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named IHSA All-State ... Rated a top-40 offensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked the No. 15 interior offensive lineman nationally by Tom Lemming ... PrepStar All-Midwest Team ... Listed as the 14th-best offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com ... Didn't allow a sack and averaged five pancake blocks a game as a senior ... A three-year All-Catholic League performer ... Named the No. 9 prospect in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 49 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Chose Illinois over Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan State ... High school coach was former Illinos letterwinner Mike Holmes.

HUGE pickup for the Huskies if this ends up going through.  Hill redshirted this past season, so after sitting out this upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules, I believe he will have three years of eligibility left.  This instantly upgrades one of the weaker spots on the team and will soften the blow due the fact that four projected starting offensive linemen will graduate after the 2011 season.

As you may know, fans were originally tipped off by a post on facebook about this transfer months ago.  Hill was thought to have changed his mind about Illinois until recently.