Another Illinois starter has decided to return for the first season of the Bret Bielema era in Champaign.

Sunday, starting defensive back Tony Adams announced on social media that he will be returning to Illinois for the 2021 season. It’s a significant boost for the Fighting Illini defensively, as Adams brings starting experience and plenty of talent to the secondary.

Following the announcement on social media, Adams met with reporters to discuss his decision.

“I’m from here. This is my area,” Adams said, according to Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer. “A lot of kids here would probably love to come to Illinois. …I would love to show kids you can stay home and win.”

Adams came to Illinois as a member of the 2017 recruiting class and has been able to contribute significantly throughout his time in Champaign. In four seasons, Adams has tallied 141 tackles, 6 pass break-ups and 5 interceptions.

During the 2020 season, Adams was credited with 51 stops, an interception and a pass break-up as the Fighting Illini finished the season 2-6. In 2019, Adams piled up 39 tackles with 2 interceptions, including a pick-six.

Because of the NCAA’s blanket waiver for all student-athletes for fall sports in 2020, Adams will have one year of eligibility remaining.