QB Wes Lunt decides on Illinois

Updated: June 17, 2013, 3:42 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt has decided to transfer to Illinois after considering his options for more than a month, saying he'd "always dreamed of playing for Illinois, my state school."

"I know it's a team game and I can't do it all by myself," Lunt said. "I do hope we can add some more good recruits."

Lunt called Illinois coach Tim Beckman on Monday to inform him of his decision.

"I am OK with how I left Oklahoma State," Lunt said. "God had a plan for me. No hard feelings with Coach (Mike Gundy)."

Lunt, who grew up an Illini fan, believes that the spread offense operated by offensive coordinator Bill Cubit would be a good fit. 

The Illini finished last season 2-10 with Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole sharing the quarterback job. Scheelhaase will be a senior this fall while O'Toole will be a junior.

"I like this offense," Lunt said. "The quarterbacks get it out quickly. They go vertical. And they pass for a ton of yards. It's a pass-happy offense."

Lunt chose Illinois after Oklahoma State blocked his request to be released to Tennessee, Vanderbilt or Southern Miss. Oklahoma State further notified Lunt he could not transfer to a school in the Big 12, SEC or Pac-12, or Southern Miss or Central Michigan.

"I really built a great relationship with Coach Beckman and Cubit," Lunt said. "I'm going to show up, work hard and try to be successful. This is an ideal situation."

Information from ESPN's Brett McMurphy and The Associated Press was used in this report.

Joe Schad

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