Illinois sophomore tailback and former Peoria Richwoods standout Kendrick Foster has decided to transfer from the University.

“I thought long and hard and prayed about this decision with my family and decided it’s best for me to finish my college football career at a different (Division I) university or state college,” Foster posted on Facebook Monday.

Foster, who was the first athlete to be a two-time winner of the Journal Star’s Large-School Football Player of the Year award, redshirted his first year at Illinois but did not play his redshirt freshman year. This season, Foster tallied 73 rushing yards on 15 carries for the Illini. Foster also scored a touchdown on the year. Foster was an unstoppable force at Richwoods, racking up 6,401 yards and 78 total touchdowns in his high school career. It seems as if Foster and Illinois weren’t the right match, but the running back is grateful for his experience. “I have made long life friends,” he wrote in his post.

“I felt this was the best decision to follow my dream and finally enjoy the college football experience that I deserve.

“I’m sorry if I let anyone down but God is guiding me on a different path for success.”

It is unknown where Foster will take his talents next, but the University is restricting all other Big Ten schools along with North Carolina, Western Michigan and Murray State.

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