LaMarcus Tinker of Friday Night Lights Joins Glee

08/10/2011 at 04:10 PM EDT

Glee Casting News: LaMarcus Tinker
Lamarcus Tinker
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Will Mercedes finally find love?

With Chord Overstreet now no longer a regular on Glee, the pickings were starting to get slim at William McKinley High School.

But things appear to be looking up.

On Wednesday, LaMarcus Tinker of Friday Night Lights began his first day of shooting, and PEOPLE has learned that he'll play the love interest of Mercedes.

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