Junior OL Plans Return Trip to Clemson

This junior offensive lineman from Sarasota, Fla. is already hearing from the Tigers.

OL Michael Iltis
6-3, 285
Riverview High School
Sarasota, Florida

6-3, 285 pound offensive lineman Michael Iltis is another junior prospect to keep an eye on this spring, CUTigers.com has learned.

Iltis, a native of Sarasota, Fla., traveled to San Antonio earlier this month for the U.S. Army Junior Combine. "I loved it," Iltis said of the trip. "It was a lot of fun. I had a great time. It was a nice place to visit. We went to a steakhouse and I probably had the best steak I have ever had in my life."

Iltis is currently awaiting his first offer in the recruiting process, but several programs are showing early interest. "I don't have any offers yet, but I am hearing a good bit from Florida, Iowa, Duke, South Florida and Clemson," he said.

The star lineman camped at Clemson last summer where he came away very impressed with Tigers offensive line coach Brad Scott. "Yeah I talked to coach Scott when I camped there over the summer. I love him. He is a great guy.

"I will definitely camp at Clemson again this summer. I am also likely to camp at Iowa and Georgia Tech."

When asked if he has any early favorites in the recruiting process, Iltis responded, "No, I really don't. My main interest is in education. I was thinking about majoring in Business Management.

"Right now most teams are recruiting me as an offensive guard. My strengths are that I am coachable and I learn well. I have good speed and agility. I work well with my teammates. I can also take criticism without getting upset.

Iltis also said he wants to work more on the mental side of the game during his senior season. "That's important. I want to work on being a leader next year. I want to help guide the younger kids so we can have a good team. I want to have everyone working together as a unit."

In addition, distance does not appear to be a factor in his decision. "It doesn't bother me. I don't want to go any further north than Pennsylvania. [Moving to] South Carolina is definitely not an issue."

Clemson recruiting coordinator David Blackwell is recruiting the offensive lineman for the Tigers.

Iltis also said he's more likely to make an early commitment as opposed to waiting until National Signing Day next year. "Yeah I will probably make an early decision. I don't want to wait," he added.

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