Bielema lands first two commits: NC State transfer CJ Hart, prep athlete Josh McCray


WCIA — Bret Bielema has wasted no time getting players to Illinois. He picked up his first prep recruit for the Class of 2021, plus transfer linebacker Calvin ‘CJ’ Hart out of North Carolina State on Tuesday.

Hart recorded 35 tackles in 2019. Last season, he earned 17 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two sacks. The 6-foot-1 225 pound linebacker fills a big position of need for the Illini after linebackers Milo Eifler and Jake Hansen left the program to enter the NFL Draft. With the new NCAA one-time transfer rule expected to pass this month, Hart could be immediately eligible to play this upcoming season.

Josh McCray also committed to Illinois on Tuesday, the 6-foot-1 running back joins the Class of 2021 as a 3-star prospect. The Alabama native is Bielema’s first commit since taking over as the head coach of the program.

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