Illinois adds Auburn grad transfer Gimel President

Illinois has landed defensive end and Auburn graduate transfer Gimel President, according to an official press release as reported by NBC Sports.

“President is a terrific addition to our defensive line,” Illini head coach Bill Cubit said in a statement. “He has played at a high level while in the SEC and will make an immediate contribution when he steps on the field. We’re excited about the added maturity that he will bring to what already may be our deepest position on the defensive side of the ball.”

A former three-star recruit from the Charleston, South Carolina area, President never quite became a regular starter in his three years for the Tigers, posting 45 tackles and three sacks in three seasons. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play for Illinois in 2016.

And that is great news for the Illini, who went 5-7 (2-6 Big Ten) in Cubit’s first year as head coach following the abrupt firing of Tim Beckman a week before the start of the regular season. Sure, Illinois ranked 29th in total defense, but the addition of President brings much needed experience to a program that has struggled to keep up in the Big Ten for years.

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