Coach Spotlight: Bo Tillman
"Bo got here one-two years out of high school," said Copiah-Lincoln head coach Glenn Davis. "Out of high school he signed with Southern Miss. They placed him at a prep school, and he didn't enjoy that a whole lot and came here."
Tillman, 6-6, 280, was first team All-State coming out of Franklin High School in Meadville, Miss. After failing to qualify he went to Mississippi Elite Christian Academy (MECA) in Jackson. He tried to gain NCAA qualification and join his brother, Marcus Tillman, at Ole Miss in the class of '09, but was again denied. So he enrolled at nearby 'Co-Lin' where his cousin, Josh Tillman, was playing for Coach Davis.
"Coming in as a freshman he was a little banged up, so he didn't play a lot," said Davis, "but he had a great sophomore year for us. There's tremendous talent there. There are very few football players from Mississippi High School All-Decade team still playing in college. He's kind of come full-circle, and he's ready to take the next step forward in his football career."
Jackson's Clarion-Ledger named Tillman part of their All-Decade team (2000-09) for Mississippi High School football. As a junior he lead Franklin to a 3A state championship. Known for his big pass rush ability he recorded 10 sacks in his senior season.
"Bo has a big frame and runs extremely well for someone his weight," said Davis. "He plays with a high motor and is very difficult to stay blocked. He can bend the edge with his pass rushing. He uses his length well to extend to make the tackle. His speed is deceptive. You think you have room to run, and boom he's there."
Ole Miss was still interested in Tillman's services, as were Memphis, Mississippi State, and Miami, with others coming on well after signing day. At the end of February he decided to become a Kansas State Wildcat.
"The day he signed, right after I sent the papers in, Auburn and Florida both called about him," Davis said. "I think he really enjoyed himself and had a good visit at Kansas State. It's going to be great for Bo to get away from Mississippi and have the opportunity for a fresh start in a new place."
This season for the Co-Lin Wolves, Tillman made 37 tackles and had three sacks in 10 games. Davis used him inside and outside on the line. Coming out of high school many thought Tillman had a big future at offensive tackle. With Tillman's size and athleticism there's plenty in his arsenal to help make the Wildcats a better team next season.
"Bo's kind of a quiet guy," said Davis. "Sometimes you need to pull things out of him. He's a good kid from a hard-working family. He just needs to pass one class over the summer, and he'll be good to go."
Bo Tillman wore No. 55 with the Co-Lin Wolves. He turns 22 in March, but this former Mississippi High School All-Star has finally found a Division 1 home in Manhattan, Kansas.
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