Illini nation may be excited about the new spread offense Tim Beckman will bring to Illinois, but it’ll be at the expense of one of the nation’s top full backs. Highly touted recruit Jay Prosch made the official transfer announcement via the university just moments ago:
“Jay Prosch has decided to transfer to Auburn and will be there for the current semester,” new Illini head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. “He will have an opportunity to be much closer to his mother, who continues to face health issues. We wish Jay the best as he makes this move.”
Prosch had previously told The Press Register Illinois gave him permission to speak to almost 20 programs, 11 of which were in the SEC. He was not allowed to speak to Arkansas however, because they rehired Paul Petrino, former OC to Ron Zook who was also fired recently.
It’s become abundantly clear that there are two main reasons Prosch is transferring. First, and most importantly his mother has been very sick with brain cancer. He wants to be closer to her, understandably so. Second, his role would be non-existent in Beckman’s spread offense. Prosch expressed his needs to be in an offense where the team utilizes his position. Unfortunately, Illinois will not be able to meet those needs.
Prosch via The Press Register:
“It has nothing to do with the school. It’s really about the coaching change, and that sparked the idea that since there’s a coaching change maybe I can be closer to my mom, which would be awesome. …ultimately, I want to be playing fullback somewhere, and I want it to be close to home.”
Sounds like Prosch has got the NFL on his mind after next season, so you can’t blame him for the decision. He better get used to the phrase above. If you don’t know who this talented young fullback is, check out the feature below.