by Dave Miller
June 17, 02013
The race to land Wes Lunt has finally reached its conclusion, as the former Oklahoma State signal-caller has decided to transfer to Illinois over Louisville, according to multiple reports.
The addition of Lunt is a great "get" for embattled Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman, who struggled mightily in his first season in Champaign. The campus isn't too far from Lunt's home, he grew up an Illini fan, his high school coach has a good relationship with Beckman and the spread scheme that the Illini and new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit are set to run fits the QB's strengths.
While Louisville may be a more stable program and the chance to start in 2014 was certainly a possibility for Lunt next season with Teddy Bridgewater in all likelihood set to depart after this season, Lunt could easily start next year in Champaign as well with Nathan Scheelhaase moving on.
The 6-4, 211-pounder, who started five games last season as a true freshman but suffered through injuries, finished his 2012 season 81-of-131 passing for 1,108 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. The young signal-caller has good size and a strong arm, and he will have three years of eligibility remaining starting next season.
With the Illini, Lunt will try to prove that he is not injury-prone after breaking his foot during summer workouts entering his senior year of high school as well as missing time with knee/ankle and head injuries last fall.