Once committed to play rugby at Oklahoma, Terrell Jennings ultimately went the football route, starting in the JUCO ranks and later in FCS before latching on with Division 2 Minnesota State, the same program that produced NFL star Adam Thielen.

Now, Jennings is with Illinois as a graduate transfer, and has now been officially added to the Illini roster. Head coach Bret Bielema made the announcement on Tuesday.

Jennings originally committed to the Illini in April, despite overtures from other programs. He pledged shortly after Illinois extended an offer to him after a visit to Champaign for the Illini’s spring game. Per 247Sports, he originally was with Santa Barbara City College in California and later signed an NLI with FCS North Dakota, but landed at Minnesota State a couple of seasons later.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, the Colorado Springs, Colo. native didn’t play in 2020 as the Mavericks’ season was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, though, he notched 4 pass breakups while making 19 tackles and an interception.