Two For Tillman

West Saint Mary should be a frontrunner in Class 2A this fall. Head coach Ryan Antoine and the Wolfpack are loaded with talent, such as junior Jontrey Tillman.

"I have offers from Tulane and Nicholls State," said Jontrey Tillman, the junior ATH from West Saint Mary (Baldwin, La.). "I got both of the offers on Thursday. Coach (Doug) Lichtenberger called Coach Antoine and let him know that Tulane was offering. Tulane is a good school that emphasizes academics.

"That's the most important thing to me: academics. I have a 4.0 GPA with a 25 on the ACT. I'm ranked second in my class."

What else is happening with Tillman's recruitment?

"Coach (Jim) Turner from Texas A&M wants me to come to their camp so they can evaulate me further. Coach (Pierre) Ingram from Louisiana Tech is coming to watch me practice this spring, and he wants to see me in their camp. Same thing with SMU.

"It felt good to get those first offers, because I've been waiting and waiting and that was tough. Now, I can get more comfortable and feel better about the recruiting process."

Tillman is certainly comfortable on the field, where he racked up 2,220 all-purpose yards last season.

"I played running back, wide receiver, and cornerback," he said. "I had close to 1,500 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns. I'll probably play more defense this year than I did last year. I started as a cornerback when I was a sophomore."

With West Saint Mary moving down from 3A to 2A, expectations are running high for a team that returns most of its marquee players.

"We should be good," said Tillman. "We just need to take it one day at a time. We want to teach the younger players about their importance to the team. Every player on the team is important and crucial to our success."

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