Illinois' Benn to announce NFL decision

Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn will announce his plans for the 2010 season Wednesday at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. ET in Champaign.

Despite a disappointing 2009 season, Benn still projects very well to the NFL and wouldn't surprise many if he decides to forgo his senior season and enter April's draft. The Fighting Illini junior met with new offensive coordinator Paul Petrino earlier this week, and Petrino told Benn he could lead the nation in catches if he returns to school.

Benn's mother recently told The (Champaign) News-Gazette that she hopes her son comes back to Illinois, and Illinois recently offered a scholarship to Benn's older brother, Trulon Henry.

Will it be enough to sway Benn? I wouldn't bank on it, but you never know. After all, Jake Locker returned to Washington.

Benn won Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2007 and recorded 1,055 receiving yards last year. He led the Illini in both receptions (38) and receiving yards (490) this fall.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Benn as the nation's No. 2 junior NFL prospect behind Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant.