His official visit to Auburn over the weekend was just a confirmation of that decision, the big offensive lineman tells Inside the Auburn Tigers
"I knew where I wanted to go," he notes. "I just wanted to make sure there weren't any red flags and there weren't any. The visit over the weekend was great. I am really looking forward to attending Auburn."
Few recruits have given a college choice more serious consideration. He took a tour of a variety of college campuses in the summer to help him make a short list of programs to consider. Auburn, which was his first stop on the his tour of the southeast, left a lasting impression.
"I am very, very happy with my decision to go to Auburn," says Tilley, who says he isn't sure what he is going to major in as a college student. "I am thinking about business or something to do with speaking. I am also thinking about being a teacher."
Tilley notes that having two senior starters graduating, Marcus McNeill and Troy Reddick, also influenced his decision to Auburn. "I know they have a pair of tackles who will be juniors (King Dunlap and Leon Hart) next year ready to step in and that's fine," he says. "I just want to go there with an opportunity to compete. In college football, you have to have more than two tackles because players can get hurt."
The lineman is currently working out with the Franklin Heights High wrestling team to stay in shape and improve his agility. He was too big to compete in meets at around 320 pounds. He notes that his weight fluctuates between 310 and 320.
He hopes to be heading South soon as an early graduate. Tilley notes that is still up in the air and says, "I will be really disappointed if I don't get to graduate early." If he does graduate early, he can sign scholarship papers with the Tigers in December and participate in winter workouts after enrolling at the university in January.
Tilley, who had more than 35 scholarship offers, made his verbal commitment on Monday morning at a press conference at his high school. Another SEC team, South Carolina, was his runnerup.