2015 OL Jerry Tillery (Shreveport, La./Evangel) attended Alabama's Junior Day about a month ago. There he met with the Tide's new offensive line coach, Mario Cristobal, who said something that still sticks out to Tillery.
"He told me, ‘If you want to be a NFL superstar, come to this school. If you want to be a doctor, go to Harvard,'" Tillery recalled.
Well, Tillery would like to do both. With a 3.8 GPA, Tillery will make academics the most important factor when deciding on a college in two years. He has aspirations of both playing in the NFL, and earning a medical degree.
"Since the eighth grade, I've never had a B on my transcript," Tillery said. "I like to keep my grades high… So I look for a school where I could possibly do both."
While his grades certainly point to a promising medical career, his football skillset makes it seem like a NFL career wouldn't be far-fetched either. A 6-foot-6, 315-pound sophomore, Tillery moves well for his size and is an early name to watch in Louisiana's 2015 class.
"I can be very aggressive and mean," said the soft-spoken Tillery. "I just think I can do very well."
Only a sophomore, the recruiting process has only just begun for Tillery. He's mostly only received information in the mail from a number of elite programs like Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia.
And the flagship university of his home-state has also taken notice. Tillery recently attended a spring practice at LSU, and already has a lot of interest in the Tigers.
"I do obviously," Tillery said. "They're one of the best teams in the country. I'm very familiar with them. I've always been a LSU fan. I really like them a lot."
It's too early for leaders, but with visits to both Alabama and LSU, he's got an early idea of what he likes from each program.
"I went to the [Alabama] Junior Day and that was a pretty good experience," Tillery said. "I hadn't looked into their pre-med program or anything like that, because that would be what I want to do in college. I do know that LSU has a pretty good medical school."
Tillery wants a MD and a NFL career
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