Tigers Offer Ohio Lineman

After signing outstanding offensive line classes the past few years, the Clemson Tigers can be very selective this season when offering the big uglies. <BR><BR>

Interestingly enough, Springfield, Ohio lineman Lee Tilley is one of the few prize offensive line recruits that the Tigers have offered. CUTigers.com spoke with Springfield South Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Beckham to get the latest on the blue-chip prospect.

The 6-7, 292 pound prospect received a verbal offer from the Clemson Tigers earlier this week. "We had sent some tape to Clemson. Lee was speaking with Coach Scott to see where they were in the process. As soon as he hung up from speaking with Coach Scott he got a call from Coach Napier. Coach Napier gave him an offer over the phone. He said they would send the written offer," Coach Beckham told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

"Lee tried to hookup with Coach Scott that day but he couldn't. He did talk with Coach Scott last night," stated Coach Beckham.

The Ohio standout already has an impressive offer list that is growing quickly. The offers include Kansas, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Clemson, Indiana, Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The prize recruit plays left tackle for Springfield South. "He has not given up a sack in two years. Last year he rated 98% and he was at 96% for his sophomore season."

What are the strengths of the Springfield South tackle? "Lee is an excellent athlete. He is 6-7 and 292 pounds. He ran a 5.09 at the Ohio State camp. He gets down the field for blocks in the running game. He also is a good pass blocker. We threw 350 passes in 10 games last year.

"Lee is a big man and a big athlete. He is everything you want as a coach. He is very coachable. He accepts coaching well. Lee has only been playing football for three years. It is a tribute to his willingness to learn that he has picked up so much knowledge the last three years."

Tilley likes the idea of playing in the South according to his coach. "Lee has family in Stone Mountain, Georgia area. He likes the weather down there. He is very open about going down South. He feels comfortable down there."

When asked if Tilley has any favorites, Coach Beckham responded, "He has no favorites. Speaking with Lee and his family he is not interested in narrowing things down yet. He wants to see as many campuses as possible."

"I can tell you that impressed with the graduation rate at Clemson. That will play a big role. Clemson has one of the top graduation rates in the nation. That is a tribute to how the staff takes care of the players."

The Tigers are also recruiting Springfield South quarterback Brennen Glass. "We've been invited to the Clemson seven on seven camp. We are going to look at that," stated Coach Beckham.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding offensive lineman from Ohio, right up through signing day 2006.

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