Transfer from Nebraska was former Springfield SHG star.


Ryan Klachko has a new home.   As expected, the former Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin star offensive lineman transferred from Nebraska to Illinois, the school announced Wednesday morning. He will have three years of eligibility starting next season. Klachko, one of three players to transfer to Illinois during the offseason, must sit out this season.   "Ryan was one of the top players in the state coming out of high school," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. "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 are desperate to build depth and find capable blockers on the offensive line in Beckman's first season with the program. Klachko first appeared at Illini training camp in Rantoul more than a week ago, when it was learned he was attempting to join the Illini. It took roughly a week for the paperwork to clear.   Before redshirting last season at Nebraska, Klachko was a four-star recruit ranked among the top 15 offensive guards nationally by and Rivals also put him among the top 10 players in the state and top 250 in the nation.   Following a recent change in Big Ten rules, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Klachko can receive a scholarship despite transferring within the conference.   He was a Chicago Tribune all-state pick and a member of the all-Central State Eight Conference. As a senior, Klachko helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 44.6 points per game.   Klachko joined former Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki and former Northern Illinois defensive back Tommy Davis as incoming transfers with the Illini.   John Supinie can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JohnSupinie.