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PRINCETON, N.J. — Illinois football's Class of 2022 is filled with players on the offensive side of the ball. A quarterback, a receiver and three offensive linemen, to be exact.

Add a tight end to that list as of Wednesday afternoon.

That's when Princeton (N.J.) tight end Owen Anderson gave his verbal commitment to Bret Bielema's program via social media.

"First off I'd like to thank my Family, Friends, Coaches and Teammates for supporting me," Anderson wrote on Twitter. "I'd also like to thank all of the schools and coaches who have recruited me. With that being said I'd like to announce my commitment to the University of Illinois!! #famILLy22."

Anderson currently attends The Hun School in New Jersey as a postgraduate and reclassified from the Class of 2021 to 2022 when deciding to attend that school. He previously attended Montgomery High in Skillman, N.J.

A three-star athlete by Rivals and 247sports, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Anderson previously was committed to Monmouth University, an FCS school. He decommitted from the Hawks last month, according to his Rivals page. That page also lists offers from Bucknell, Buffalo, Georgia Tech, Lehigh, Liberty, Long Island, Marshall, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Morehead State and Navy.

Anderson joins Wisconsin offensive guard Joey Okla, New Jersey quarterback Donovan Leary, Indiana offensive tackle Hunter Whitenack, Rochester receiver Hank Beatty and Iroquois West offensive guard Clayton Leonard in committing to Illinois from the Class of 2022. Leary's hometown of Sicklerville is about 60 miles away from The Hun School.

Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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