AU Football Commitment Getting Early Start

Lee Tilley, who has been working very hard to get everything in order so he could get to Auburn in time for the spring semester, appears to have done just that.

Columbus, Ohio—Lee Tilley has had his academic affairs in good order for some time with a plan to graduate high school early so he could head to his future college home early and be able to participate in spring practice.

The big offensive lineman ran into a bit of snag with the Columbus, Ohio school district about the early graduation part, but his high school coach and offensive coordinator, Jeremy Beckham, says that Tilley, himself and Tilley's family have worked out all of those issues and the offensive tackle prospect will be heading South on Friday for his new home in Auburn.

Tilley is shown at his press conference announcing he wants to play for Auburn.

"There were some paperwork issues in getting him all squared away as far as graduating and we got that taken care of," Beckham explains. "He has met all of his requirements to graduate and we were able to get all of the paperwork filed."

Beckham adds that it looks like everything will be in order for the 6-5, 310-pound lineman to join the Tigers for spring practice. "Oh yeah, he is clearinghouse qualified and he will be ready to go."

The coach also says that he believes Tilley is ready to get rolling with college and Division I football. "He is excited and he is looking forward to the challenge of coming down there and competing for the team," Beckham notes.

Lee Tilley was a "big" addition to the Tigers' recruiting class.

Beckham says he believes that if the player he has coached the past four seasons comes to Auburn with the attitude and work ethic he has always possessed he will be a great addition to the Tigers' program.

"I think that opportunities--as far as the depth chart--the amount of players that are leaving, especially the two tackles, has certainly opened up some doors and some opportunities for him," the coach notes. "If he can come in and work hard and step up his game he has got a chance to contribute and that is what he wants to do."

"He understands that the coaches are taking a chance on him by giving him a scholarship and he wants to make sure that the coaches are happy about their decision," Beckham adds.

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