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Dominic Thieman Announces He's Transferring From Illinois

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith on the sideline.

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 01: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Illinois Fighting Illini watches warmups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Dominic Thieman announced on Friday that he's transferring from Illinois.

Dominic Thieman, a sophomore wide receiver for Illinois, has announced that he'll be seeking a transfer this offseason. Thieman caught 11 passes this past season for 144 yards. In 2016, he caught six passes for 32 yards.

Thieman was a three-star recruit back in the class of 2016. He stands at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds.

Thieman announced the news

Farewell ✌??? pic.twitter.com/pAC16DLDBl

— Dominic Thieman (@Dominic_Thieman) December 15, 2017

">via Twitter. He included a note and a screenshot of an email from Illinois' compliance department - reading that he's now allowed to reach out to other programs. Here's what Thieman's note reads. He makes it clear he's looking for more playing time.

"First, I would like to thank the University of Illinois for an opportunity to pursue my passion for football and academics at the next level. I would like to thank coach Bellamy and coach Cubit for recruiting me to this university, and Coach Boese as well as the rest of the strength staff for pushing me to new heights in the weightroom. Leaving this university as a 2 year academic all-big ten recipient is something I'll never forget because I have always taken pride in doing things the right way on and off the field. However, my time here at the University of Illinois has come to an end and I will be looking to transfer elsewhere to maximize my potential. I have 3 years to play 2."

Here's the tweet:

Thieman had offers from 18 schools out of high school - Illinois, Army, Cincinnati, Duquesne, FIU, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Idaho, Jacksonville State, Miami (OH), New Mexico, Ohio, Samford, Southeast Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Southern Miss, Temple and UCF. It's unclear which programs he'll be looking at regarding a transfer.