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Bret Bielema receives first commit as Illinois head coach

3-star RB Josh McCray commits to Illinois.

Mississippi State v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Bret Bielema has received his first commitment as Illinois’ head coach.

Three-star running back Josh McCray announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

The Enterprise, Alabama, native, is ranked as the 100th-best tailback in the class of 2021, per 247. McCray had offers from several other SEC schools, including Bielema’s former school, Arkansas, as well as Kentucky, Ole Miss, and South Carolina.

Illinois knows it needs a boost in the class of 2021 after a poor start by Lovie Smith and Co., and Bielema already contending with SEC schools is a nice thing to see after years of not being able to do so.

Anyway, Alabama high schools played football in the fall. Here’s McCray’s highlights.