Two visits to Ann Arbor and frequent conversations with Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk in recent weeks had built up considerable excitement about the Maize & Blue in Logan Tuley-Tillman. That excitement reached a fevered pitch yesterday when Funk delivered some much anticipated news.
“Coach Funk caught a plane (Tuesday) night to Chicago and then came to my school,” reported Tuley-Tillman. “(After he left the school) I called him and he told me that I have a full scholarship offer from them and they want me to be a Wolverine. I was really excited! I didn’t think it would come so quick.”
Michigan sat at #2 on the Peoria (IL) Manual star’s list before yesterday’s development. Missouri owned the #1 spot because they’d already offered. What a difference a day makes.
“They are most definitely #1 now,” Tuley-Tillman said regarding the Wolverines. “(It’s because of) how much time they put into me and all the effort they’re putting into getting me to come to their school.”
Another major factor in Michigan’s ascension to the top slot is Tuley-Tillman’s burgeoning relationship with his would-be position coach in Ann Arbor.
“Coach Funk is a real great guy,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. He’s been out recruiting so it has been like (a conversation) every three days. He knows a lot about the game. He is just a good all-around guy.”
To further fortify their position, the next step for the Michigan coaching staff will be to make as strong of an impression on Tuley-Tillman’s mother as they have on him.
Said Tuley-Tillman, “I’m going to make it back up (to Ann Arbor) sometime after the bowl game for their junior day, and then I go through that whole(tour & academic presentation) process. Plus I’ll have my mom with me too, so that’ll be pretty good.”
Mother and son plan to visit a number of other campuses as well. With interest in his talent growing by the day, one of the youngster’s toughest decisions will be figuring out how many of them he can actually make it out to. For now the list is still pretty manageable.
“The schools that I’ve been talking to the most and are probably on the verge (of offering) are Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and Oklahoma State,” Tuley-Tillman stated. “I’m actually going up to Notre Dame this Saturday. They’re one of the schools that have been real hot on me too. Their O-line coach… he gets in contact with me a lot. They’re probably going to move forward (with an offer) too just from how Michigan (offered).”
Tuley-Tillman insists each of his suitors will receive long hard looks, but he also isn’t bashful about the uphill battle they each face. That became abundantly clear when he was asked what it will take to knock Michigan from its perch.
“It’s going to be pretty hard because the tradition at Michigan is just so rich,” he responded matter-of-factly. “It goes back so long… the pride and tradition that goes into (the program). Then there’s the supportive fanbase they’ve got. And the Big House too! It’s going to be real hard.”
Fortunately for the other contenders, Tuley-Tillman plans to give them ample time to try.
“I’m probably going to make a decision before the season starts next year,” he said.