ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Jeff Thomas #4 of the Miami Hurricanes tries to pull down a pass against Terrence Alexander #11 of the LSU Tigers and Jonathan Baker #25 of the LSU Tigers in the second quarter of The AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 2, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season for Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes can be summed up in one word: rocky. Richt and company finished the season with a 7-5 record and a near mutiny as the team lost several top recruits and a few players that were already on the roster.One such player that left the program – though not of his own accord – was star wide receiver Jeff Thomas. The former four-star wide receiver recruit was dismissed from the program as he was leading the team in receiving.After his dismissal from the program in late November, Thomas became one of the hottest names on the transfer market.It didn’t take long for him to find his new home. On Friday night, Thomas announced he’s furthering his collegiate career at Illinois.I would like to thank The University of Miami, my teammates, coaches for their amazing support the past 2 years. With that being said, I would like to thank Coach Lovie smith for this opportunity to further my education and football career at the University of Illinois. pic.twitter.com/mnJHUMiQ8b— Jeff Thomas (@theregoes4) December 22, 2018It’s a huge addition to the program for head coach Lovie Smith.Thomas was the No. 5 wide receiver recruit in the 2017 class.