Luke Altmyer is heading to the B1G, and Illinois has its quarterback for the 2023 season.

Former Ole Miss standout Luke Altmyer officially committed to the Illini Thursday. He will have three years of eligibility remaining during his time in Champaign.

Tommy DeVito, Illinois’ 2022 starter, was denied a waiver for an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA on Wednesday, meaning he’ll leave the program after one season. Altmyer should be in line to earn the starting title next fall just based on his experience in the SEC working underneath Rebels coach Lane Kiffin.

In two years with the Rebels, Altmyer completed 52% of his passes for 317 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Fighting for starting reps during fall camp, Altmyer ultimately served as QB2 for Ole Miss for a second year after USC transfer Jaxson Dart won the starting job.

Altmyer is likely best known for his performance last season in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor. Replacing the injured Matt Corral during the first quarter due to injury, Altmyer went 15-of-28 passing for 174 yards and a touchdown against 2 interceptions. A bit of a dual-threat option, Altmyer also averaged 3.3 yards per attempt during his three appearances during the 2021 regular season.

The Illini were always expected to be interested in adding a veteran quarterback via the portal this offseason. Both N.C. State’s Devin Leary and Texas’ Hudson Card were on the short list of names for the program, but the two ended up committing to Kentucky and Purdue, respectively.

The Illini finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and will face Mississippi State in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 at Noon E.T.