A Shake-Up at the top for Tuley-Tillman

Peoria (IL) Manual Jr OT, Logan Tuley-Tillman made his way to Ann Arbor for Michigan's final two games of the season and was wowed by each experience. But as positive as those visits were, the Maize & Blue wasn't able to move to the top of his list. With the coaching carousel now in full swing, have the Wolverines now in the pole position?

Logan Tuley-Tillman had seen Michigan on television plenty of times before visiting campus for the last two home games, but it didn’t take him long to realize that seeing the Big House from his living room pales in comparison to actually experiencing it.

“I think it was crazy,” said Tuley-Tillman regarding the Nebraska game.  “It is everything you would think of college game day being like.  It’s the epitome of what college football is. (Ohio State) was an even better game.  It was a 10/10.  Nebraska was a 9/10.  (Michigan) stepped it up real big (against Ohio State).”

That the Wolverines put on an offensive display rushing for over 200 yards in both games made an extremely strong impression on the young, versatile lineman.  Offensive line coach Darrell Funk made it a point to talk to his prospective pupil about how he might fit should Michigan be his collegiate destination.

“I talked to Coach Funk a lot,” Tuley-Tillman said.  “We built a pretty strong relationship and got each other’s contact information.  We’re going to be staying in touch with each other.  The offense was great.  They went into the spread and some different packages that I really like and can see myself doing.  It really fits my skill set.  I can play left or right tackle.  I’m from a city where we all play basketball and that’s what we grew up doing, so I can move my feet.  I’m 280 lbs., but I ran a 5.0 flat (forty) last time I did it.”

Once the Michigan coaching staff sees a little more evidence of how well the talented youngster moves, a scholarship offer may not be far behind.

“Coach Funk said he likes what he liked what he seen on highlights,” stated Tuley-Tillman, “but he said he needs two game films to complete the process.”

At the moment the rising junior holds offers from Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana, but a number of other programs are showing strong interest.  All the attention almost seems to be coming from out of the blue.

“At this time last year I was really unknown,” he explained.  “I started hearing from big BCS programs in the past three months.  USC and Notre Dame which have been talking to me too.  (Also) Boise State and Oklahoma State are the other ones I’ve been in contact with.”

Add Oregon to the list of big timers whose curiosity has been piqued.  Despite the newfound attention from the who’s who of college football, Tuley-Tillman had long kept the home team -- the University of Illinois -- at the top of his list.  That’s until early last week when they fired Ron Zook.

“They’re about middle of pack now,” Tuley-Tillman said regarding the Illini.  “I don’t really know how everything is going to work out.  It depends on the new coach they bring in. I’ll be able to evaluate it from there.”

“Now it would be Mizzou, Michigan, Oregon, and Boise State.  I really like the whole environment down there (at Missouri) and the education is really up there.”

As for Michigan’s current placement on his list…

“I placed them at #2 just because I haven’t received a scholarship yet. “

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