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Wisconsin OL is Illinois’ first Class of 2022 commit

Bielema is starting on his next class.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Bret Bielema wrapped up the spring signing day on Wednesday, and is now moving on to 2022.

Illinois picked up a commitment from Bieleman’s old stomping grounds Friday with Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead offensive lineman Joey Okla announcing his intentions to play for the Illini, according to his Twitter.

Okla is the first prospect to commit to Illinois in the class of 2022.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman, 247 reports Illinois offered a scholarship Okla last week.

According to 247’s recruiting page, Okla also had an offer from Eastern Illinois.

In his press conference Wednesday, Bielema said he left a few roster spots open for the class of 2021 just in case any late commits/signees come aboard.