EVANSTON, IL – NOVEMBER 29: The Illinois Fighting Illini celebrate their win against the Northwestern Wildcats by holding the Land of Lincoln trophy after the Illinois Fighting Illini won the game on November 29, 2014 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 47-33. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)The NCAA has made a couple of high-profile decisions on major college football transfer waivers this offseason.Two star quarterbacks, Justin Fields and Tate Martell, were both granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State and Miami, respectively.Today, the NCAA ruled on the transfer waiver of Luke Ford, who left Georgia for Illinois.Ford’s waiver, unlike Fields and Martell’s, was denied.“My Waiver got denied… Thanks for all your support,” he announced on Twitter.My Waiver got denied… Thanks for all your support😔 It’s all in the Lord’s timing🙏🏽— L U K E F O R D™️ (@lukeredx97) April 24, 2019Ford was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school, ranked the No. 3 TE in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Illinois will appeal the NCAA’s decision.“We’re all disappointed Luke Ford’s waiver request for immediate eligibility was denied,” Illinois spokesman Kent Brown said. “There is an appeal process that we intend to help Luke explore.”Ford’s father gave further details on his waiver request to ESPN.com:Ford cited his ailing grandfather as the main reason for his decision to transfer to Illinois. But Ford’s father, Tim, told ESPN.com’s Tom VanHaaren that the distance from the family home in Carterville to Illinois’ campus in Champaign — more than 100 miles — might have impacted the NCAA’s decision to deny the waiver request.“He’s leaving the Taj Mahal of facilities [at Georgia] just so his grandpa gets a chance to see him play in person, before it’s too late,” Tim Ford said, adding that his son “is pretty devastated” about the decision.Illinois fans aren’t happy about the decision. Some are calling out the NCAA for an alleged bias when it comes to these waivers, as two high-profile quarterbacks at major schools were granted them, while a tight end at Illinois wasn’t.Justin Fields – Didn’t win job. Transferred. Granted eligibility.Tate Martell – Didn’t win job. Transferred. Granted eligibility.Brock Hoffman – Mother has brain surgery. Transferred. Denied eligibility.Luke Ford – Grandfather is sick. Transferred. Denied eligibility. https://t.co/hNk2upVdwu— blakejmorgan (@bIakejmorgan) April 24, 2019Here is what the NCAA has listed on their site for athletes that wish to transfer.Luke Ford (@lukeredx97) & Brock Hoffman (@BrockHoffman76) are being forced to take an “academic year in residence” while other players transfer freely due to losing a starting job. Is this fair? pic.twitter.com/ia3OZsUvxh— AJ Spurr (@SpurrWVUA) April 25, 2019Ford should be a major contributor to Illinois, though those contributions might have to wait until 2020.