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Former Michigan QB Brandon Peters Announces He's Transferring To Illinois

The once highly-touted recruit is staying in the Big Ten.

June 18, 2019 - 11:28 pm
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97.1 The Ticket -- Brandon Peters, who was Jim Harbaugh's first quarterback commit at Michigan, could face his former team next season.

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Peters, who entered the transfer portal last month to use his two remaining years of eligibility elsewhere after graduating this spring, announced Tuesday night via Instagram that he is heading to Illinois.

"I want to thank the University of Michigan for the opportunity to represent the winged helmet," Peters said in the post. "The memories and friendships that I made along this journey will last a lifetime. I am excited to announce that I will be going to grad school and playing my last 2 years at the University of Illinois."

I want to thank the University of Michigan for the opportunity to represent the winged helmet. The memories and friendships that I made along this journey will last a lifetime. I am excited to announce that I will be going to grad school and playing my last 2 years at the University of Illinois.

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Peters committed to Michigan in 2015 as a highly-touted, four-star prospect out of Avon, Indiana. He appeared to be in line for the starting job at the end of the 2017 season before Shea Patterson transferred from Ole Miss and won the role.

Peters appeared in six games -- including three starts -- filling in for an injured Wilton Speight and a struggling John O'Korn in 2017 and threw for 672 yards, four touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

He started the Outback Bowl against South Carolina, but Patterson came in the following spring and earned the starting job heading into last season. With Patterson still around this year, Peters opted to use both years he has left under head coach Lovie Smith.

Peters is expected to compete for the Illini starting job after a shaky 4-8 season and uncertainty under center.