Tillman commits to Stanford

West Saint Mary ATH Jontrey Tillman received an offer from Stanford this week and he wasted little time in jumping on board with the Cardinal...

West Saint Mary High School is located just north of the sleepy town of Baldwin, Louisiana. The school has a small enrollment (Class 2A), but the football program is doing big things under the watch of second-year head coach Ryan Antoine.

Over the past couple of months, three of Antoine's '12 prospects have committed to play college football. First, ATH Daijuan Stewart committed to SMU. Then, OL/DE Jerald Hawkins pledged to LSU (after an earlier commitment to Texas A&M).

Today, ATH Jontrey Tillman gave a verbal to Stanford.

"Coach (Lance) Anderson, the Stanford recruiting coordinator, offered Jontrey earlier this week while we were at LSU's football camp," said Antoine. "Recently, Coach Anderson had called our school - asking about our kids - and he originally came to look at Hawkins.

"But he saw Jontrey's ACT score and transcript and became interested. He showed Jontrey's highlight tape to Coach (David) Shaw and two weeks later, they offered.

"Jontrey is a great kid who had 2,200 all-purpose yards last year, including 1,400 yards rushing. Stanford is recruiting him as a DB. He was first-team all-district, he has a 25 on the ACT and a 4.0 GPA. He's the hardest worker on the team.

"He had been a little down because he wasn't getting that much attention when it came to recruiting, so I sent his info to every school in the country."

Tillman says he plans to visit Stanford later this summer.

"It feels good to commit and they (Stanford staff) were excited when I told them," said Tillman. "They were very excited, as am I."

Tillman reports offers from Memphis, Southern Miss, New Mexico and Nicholls State.

Last year, Antoine sent his kicker, Carlos Alvarez, to the college ranks (signed with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns).

West Saint Mary is expected to contend for the 2A state title, along with private school powers John Curtis Christian, Evangel Christian and Calvary Baptist.

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