Ryan Klachko transferring to Illinois

Updated: August 15, 2012, 1:05 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Former Nebraska offensive lineman Ryan Klachko has transferred to Illinois, Illini coach Tim Beckman announced on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Klachko will sit out this season and have three years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted as a freshman at Nebraska last year.

Klachko played at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, Ill. He was ranked the No. 28 offensive guard in the ESPN 150 recruiting class of 2011.

"Ryan was one of the top players in the state coming out of high school," Beckman said in a statement. "We're happy to welcome Ryan back to Illinois, where he'll be closer to his family and friends. After practicing with us this season, I look forward to him competing for playing time and providing depth on the offensive line starting in 2013."

The Illini also recently added Penn State transfer Ryan Nowicki to their offensive line. Nowicki is eligible this season.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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