According to a report by CSN Chicago, RB Matt Domer was denied admission to Illinois as he failed to meet academic requirements.
While Domer is unable to play football, he will reportedly focus on academics this fall by enrolling at a community college, with the goal of applying for the spring semester.
Domer is a three-star running back prospect and it was a strong possibility of him starting or finding a major role on a roster thin at the RB position.
When asked about why Domer picked Illinois, he added
“Everything about it went in my favor. It was close to home. I wanted my family to be able to come out to all my games and support as much as they could. Coach Beckman, he preached often about keeping the talent in state, and if we build an in-state team with the in-state talent, he said if I made this commitment, it would definitely bring in help and a lot of other eyes to our program and just try to turn things around. So I was willing to take that responsibility and step up to the plate.”
While this is not good news for the Illini, Domer and other aspiring athletes can learn a lesson: keep your grades up and hit the books before you hit the pads.