Louisville DL commitment Caleb Tillman helps team to playoffs, firm with the Cardinals

DOTHAN, Ala. - University of Louisville football commitment Caleb Tillman of Dothan, Ala., Northview High School helped his team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2000 and then chatted about being a firm commitment to the Cardinals.

It's typically around this time you start to hear football prospects committed to schools start flirting with others, perhaps taking a visit or two to the schools that are also still recruiting them.

But not with Caleb Tillman.

The University of Louisville commitment helped his Dothan, Ala., Northview High School team end a 15-year playoff drought on Friday night with a 30-28 win over Wetumpka and then talked about being a "very solid" commitment to the Cardinals.

"I'm focused on my high school and getting a state title now but I can't wait to get there," Tillman said of the Cardinals.

Tillman's father, Dennis, who was a standout running back at nearby Dothan High and played college ball at North Alabama said his son is "sold on Louisville" and isnt' thinking about any other schools.

"He loves Louisville and wants to see what the coaches can do with him," the elder Tillman said.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Tillman plays in the middle - and gets double-teamed every play - of the defensive line in high school. He had five tackles in the win on Friday, including two on the first three plays of the game.

Northview coach LaBrian Stewart said U of L coaches could bulk him up and play him in the middle of the line or they could use him as an athletic defensive end. But no matter what the position, it will be with the Cardinals.

"Other schools have offered him," Stewart said. "But he's only taking one visit - to Louisville."

Northview is 5-3 on the season and snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.

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