Tigers look to snare OL from Big Ten country

Lee Tilley is one of the top offensive linemen from Big 10 country and he will be in Baton Rouge on an official visit when the Tigers host Florida on Oct. 15.

Tilley, a 6-7, 310 pound offensive tackle from Columbus (Ohio) Franklin Heights, is Scout.com's 16th rated offensive lineman in the country.

Tilley has destroyed his competition over the past three years and has earned a reputation as a dominant blocker on the edge. He has graded out at better than 97 percent for the last three years and has not yielded a sack during that span.

Some observers felt Tilley could be the best o-line prospect in the Midwest but considered him a long shot to qualify academically. However, he has his grades in order and is now ready to go.

"Lee just made a 20 on his ACT and he has a 2.5 GPA so he is fully qualified," said Franklin Heights offensive line coach Jeremy Beckham.

LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pellini is from Youngstown, Ohio, and he is a big reason Tilley has the Tigers on his radar.

"Every time he talks to coach Pellini he gets crazy," said Beckham. "Pellini is laid back like Lee and the two get along great. When he came to the school and talked to Lee he made a big impression on him."

According to Beckham, Pellini has done a fantastic job recruiting Tilley but the fact that it's LSU is something else his star player likes.

"I think the recent success played a big part and getting Lee interested in LSU," Beckham said. "I think the people down there and the LSU program in general is why he is drawn to them. The fact that LSU needs offensive linemen is big too."

When Tilley makes his trip to the bayou there are some things he will be looking for that could go a long way towards helping him make a decision.

"He wants to look at the atmosphere down there and see how the coaches are with the players," Beckham said. "He also wants to see how the fans are. At Oklahoma, the fans were yelling his name and that meant a lot to him because it showed him how important the program is to the community."

Tilley has already visited Oklahoma (10/1) and will trip to Arizona State this weekend. Florida, South Carolina and Virginia Tech are in contention for his final two official visits while Iowa and Ohio State could still get unofficial visits.

Some believe that Ohio State will eventually come out on top and keep the four-star prospect close to home but that is certainly not a lock at this point.

"Lee may take an unofficial visit to Ohio State but he wants to leave Big 10 country so he can play where the weather is warm," Beckham said.

We all know the weather is warm in South Louisiana so does LSU have a good shot at landing this talented young man?

"Oh yea," Beckham said. "LSU has a real good shot with him. Lee wants to play in some warm weather and have the chance to win a national championship. They give him a good opportunity to play early and are high on his list."

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