Garden City (NY) Nassau C.C. offensive tackle Andrew Tiller should have a smoother transition to the FBS ranks than most. At 6-6 and 320 pounds, he is already as physically developed as many ACC linemen and his year at community college has helped him mature.
Tiller also runs the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds and has displayed excellent athletic ability for a young man his size. That combination of size, speed and potential has helped him land a trio of offers from the likes of Miami, Rutgers and NC State. The Hurricanes were the most recent to offer. While Miami is an elite program and one that Tiller respects, he's not automatically putting them at the top of his list.
"It's nice to have the offer but I'm going to wait until all my offers get in before I name any favorites," Tiller said. "I should find out more soon when I talk to my coach. He's going to tell me what's been happening."
Tiller has also been entertaining interest from Alabama and Minnesota, among others, though they have not yet offered.
He has not yet taken any official visits, nor was he able to attend any games unofficially during the season. Tiller's season at Nassau C.C. is now over, so he can direct more of his focus to the recruiting process.
While Tiller has not formalized any plans for visits, he does know he would like to take a trip to NC State at some point.
"I haven't really talked much to the (NC State) coaches so I need to do that, but one of my friends goes there -- Shea McKeen. I want to take an official visit there and see what it's like. I haven't talked to (McKeen) in a while but I want to get up with him soon."
Tiller injured his right ankle in the third game of Nassau's season and was unable to play the rest of the way. He said the schools recruiting him did not back off, in spite of the injury.
Named a NJCAA all-american in 2007 after his freshman season, Tiller has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.