Former Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin star lineman attended Illini training camp after leaving Nebraska.


 Illinois football's search for offensive line depth apparently reached Springfield.

Former Sacred Heart Griffin star lineman Ryan Klachko has departed the Nebraska program and attended the Illini workout at Camp Rantoul Tuesday morning. An insider said Klachko was leaning toward the Illini, but Klachko wouldn't comment when reached by phone.

The news came on a day when Illinois also made a change in next season's schedule.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Klachko was a Chicago Tribune all-stater who was ranked among the top 15 guards in the country by as a prep senior. Rivals also placed Klachko in the top 10 in his prep class in the state and top 250 nationally.

Klachko chose Nebraska during his junior year at SHG, turning down Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue and Arizona from a long list of offers.

He redshirted last season. If Klachko transfers to Illinois, he would sit out this year and begin the 2013 season with three years of eligibility.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini announced Klachko's decision to transfer. Klachko was one of two linemen to leave the Huskers' program.

"We have a culture around here,'' Pelini told the Omaha World-Herald. " And if somebody doesn’t feel they fit into that culture -- for whatever reason -- he decided to take his talents someplace else. I wish him well.''

Illinois already added to a thin offensive line with the transfer of Ryan Nowicki from Penn State. Nowicki was in uniform when the Illini began practice Monday.

Meanwhile, Illinois will host Washington at Soldier Field on Sept. 14, 2013, moving a game originally scheduled for Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Illinois was previously schedule for eight home games next season. The Illini hosted Washington State in 1994 in old Soldier Field.

Illinois will also host Miami (Ohio) at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28, 2013, and also added non-conference home games with Youngstown State (2014), Western Illinois (2015), Kent State (2015) and Western Michigan (2016).

NOTE: Illinois hosts Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Gametimes and TV assignments were announced Tuesday.

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