Illinois has landed a defensive end from the transfer portal and he’s someone who could potentially make an impact right away.

Former Virginia Tech defender Alec Bryant has officially committed to the school as he announced it early Tuesday afternoon.

Before committing to Illinois, Bryant was enrolled at Virginia Tech after committing to the program in 2020. He didn’t get any playing time during his freshman season and that seemed like a big part in his decision to transfer. Bryant was passed by on the depth chart by multiple players (including Jordan Williams) and he wanted a fresh start.

Bryant is a former 4-star recruit from Texas where he was ranked as the 47th best player in Texas for his class per 247Sports. He also was considered the 17th best defensive end in the country and the 329th ranked player nationally.

According to Jeremy Werner of 247Sports, Bryant could have up to four seasons of eligibility remaining due to not having much playing time with the Hokies.

It’s unclear how much Bret Bielema will use him this year but this is still a big get for him as it makes Illinois that much deeper up front.