The news is official, former USC Trojans TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe has transferred to Illinois.
Imatorbhebhe broke out in 2016, hauling in 17 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns after a redshirt year in 2015. He was one of Sam Darnold’s favorite red-zone targets that season and his best game certainly came against then No. 4 Washington where he hauled in five passes for 78 yards and one of his scores.
He hadn’t played since 2018 but will look to make an impact on an up-and-coming Illinois Fighting Illini team that returns longtime Big Ten QB Brandon Peters. They also lost starting receiver Ricky Smalling after he left the program due to undisclosed reasons.
Perhaps the biggest reason for his transfer, however, is that he’ll now join his former teammate, former Trojan and brother Josh Imatorbhebhe on the Illini.
Josh hauled in 33 catches for 634 yards and nine touchdowns last season, finishing second in Illinois school history for single-season touchdowns, and that was despite missing the final three games with an injury.
Two Imatorbhebhe’s and a talented quarterback for head coach Lovie Smith to utilize this year, could be very fun to watch, especially since they’re not on USC’s schedule anytime soon.
Fight On, Daniel. Good choice!