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3-star 2022 QB Donovan Leary commits to Illinois

The Illini staff is making moves with the ‘22s.

New head coach Bret Bielema is starting to get comfortable on the recruiting trail.

On Monday afternoon, three-star quarterback Donovan Leary out of Sicklerville, N.J., pledged his allegiance to the Fighting Illini staff.

Leary is listed as a top-1000 player in the class of 2022 and held offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Colorado State.

The Illini had just offered the 6-foot-3, pro-style gunslinger two weeks ago, so this recruitment moved rather quick.

Prior to his shortened 2020-21 season, Leary threw for over 3,000 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a sophomore, adding another three scores with his legs as well.

Leary joins offensive lineman Joey Okla, another three-star recruit out of Wisconsin, as the first two commitments in Bielema’s inaugural class.