Caleb Tillman has been watching the University of Louisville football team and playing at a high level on the field for Dothan, Ala., Northview High School during his senior season.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Tillman helped Northview win four straight games in the middle of the season. The Cougars have since lost three in a row and have played a tough schedule with a 4-4 overall record.
"It's been a good season for me" Tillman said in a recent text exchange.
Tillman had 47 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss, as a junior and is on pace to surpass both of those numbers this season with already over 30 tackles and almost a dozen of those tackles for a loss.
While Tillman is a player on the field, he also holds a 3.0 grade-point average in the classroom and said he's "being a leader."
Tillman committed to the Cardinals in July after backing off a previous pledge to Mississippi State. He also considered North Carolina and Mississippi before deciding on the Cardinals.
Other schools have stayed in touch but Tillman said he's still a Cardinals.
"I'm solid," he said.
In a recent profile on WSFA.com in Alabama, Tillman's father - Dennis - told the website his son was born premature and only weighed three pounds and eight ounces when he was born.
Tillman ranks as the No. 2 defensive end in Alabama and No. 119 in the country.