(CBS) A day after signing a solid 2015 recruiting class that was ranked top-50 nationally, the Illinois football team has suffered a blow.

Junior-to-be quarterback Aaron Bailey is transferring from the program, according to multiple reports. Bailey came to Champaign as the crown jewel of the team’s 2013 recruiting class, ranking as a top-10 dual threat quarterback in the country, but he never worked his way into a big role. He saw limited action this past season, going 11-of-22 for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception in five games. He also rushed for 120 yards on 36 carries.

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Despite starter Wes Lunt suffering leg and knee injuries that sidelined him for five games, Bailey couldn’t beat out reserve Reilly O’Toole for open spot.

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O’Toole is graduating, but Bailey likely would’ve entered the 2015 season as the backup to Lunt, who will be a redshirt junior.

Bailey is a premier athlete, but he resisted the idea of changing positions.

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“No. Just quarterback,” Bailey told the News-Gazette. “I enjoy having the ball in my hand. I enjoy the pressure of winning and losing. I feel like, with the ball in my hand, I can create a lot of things. Being at a different position, you may not necessarily get the ball every play, but at quarterback, whether it´s a good play or bad play, I’d rather take that pressure and put it on me. It’s just the way my mind-set is and just how I am as a person. If the situation goes bad or goes good, I like to rally up my team and go from there. I want to be the best leader I can be.”