The school announced Monday that Clear is enrolled in summer classes and will be eligible to play for the Illini this season after spending the past four years with the Tigers. He is taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows players who have already earned their undergraduate degree to become immediately eligible at another school if they transfer.
How much of an impact will Clear make? That remains to be seen. He played three seasons after redshirting in 2007 but has only six career catches for 137 yards. He had three receptions for 106 yards in 2010, the biggest of which was a 70-yard score against North Texas.
At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, he definitely provides a big target, and the Illini could use some help at receiver. Senior A.J. Jenkins is the lone returning starter at wideout.
Clear, who will be a walk-on for the Fighting Illini, has connections to the school as his father, Sam Clear, played for Illinois in 1979 and 1980. You might have also seen the younger Clear in the second season of MTV's "Two-A-Days," which featured Clear's high school team in Hoover, Ala.