Lineman's Stock Is On The Rise

The "Buckeye State" appears to be loaded with offensive linemen this season. One of the most impressive linemen I have seen on tape regardless of his native state is Springfield South (Ohio.) Offensive tackle Lee Tilley. He has the frame, footwork, and wingspan that all college recruiters crave. He is now receiving the offers to back up his play.

"I just got off the phone with Nebraska," Tilley said. "I spoke to the offensive line coach and Bill Callahan. They told me how they thought I would fit into their program, and they told me about their campus."

Springfield (Ohio.) South offensive lineman Lee Tilley, 6-7 and 311 pounds, has seen his stock rise over the past two weeks. Tilley has received offers from Kansas, Georgia, and Nebraska. The new found stardom has not changed the young man's focus.

"I'm trying to stay calm, I realize that some schools won't offer because of the other's that have offered," Tilley said. "I'm just trying to work hard, and take everything in stride. I'm just focusing on doing what I can to help my team win."

Kansas- "I was dumbfounded."

Georgia- "I was jumping up and down."

Nebraska- "It's still new, so it hasn't hit me yet."

One thing Tilley wants too prove is that just because you're from Ohio and Ohio State doesn't recruit you hard, doesn't necessarily mean you're not a player.

"I don't think that's fair, just because they don't recruit you, why do people think your not good," Tilley said "Georgia is a pretty good offer to have, so why is that not thought of as highly?"

A number of schools have expressed an interest in Tilley including North Carolina State, Indiana, Michigan State, Duke, Purdue, Michigan, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh.

"I think I wait until the middle or end of my senior season and figure out which school is the best fit for me," Tilley said. "I'll pick five and take my visits."

Tilley has started at offensive tackle for the past two seasons for the Wildcats and has not allowed a sack. He graded out at 98% this past season.

As a junior, Tilley was named 1st team All-State, All-Southwest Ohio, All-County, and All-League.

Note: upon completion of this article, we learned that North Carolina State has now offered Tilley today as well.

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: The Cats are in the hunt. They have shown a lot of interest and according to at least one person close to the commitment, the interest is mutual. The Cats have not offered as of Tuesday, but an offer could come at any time.

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