(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Transfer rumors swirled around a Georgia four-star freshman, though the Bulldogs claimed he’d be back with the team for bowl practice following the holiday. On Friday afternoon, former four-star tight end recruit Luke Ford announced he’s transferring from the Bulldogs.In his statement he also revealed where he’ll be playing in the future. The former top recruit from the state of Illinois is headed home.Ford took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce his transfer to Illinois. Lovie Smith and company have to be happy with the news.Ford cited family concerns for the move.“I love all my teammates and friend that I met in Athens. Also, I’d like to thank all the UGA fans for being amazing throughout the year. However, due to my grandparents’ deteriorating health and my family’s inability to afford to see me play in person each week, I will be transferring to the University of Illinois,” Ford said in a statement.Coming Home! ?? #FamilyFirst pic.twitter.com/fNgp04JgrG— L U K E F O R D™️ (@lukeredx97) January 4, 2019Ford was the No. 3 tight end recruit in the 2018 class and the No. 51 overall recruit in the country.