Peoria Manual senior offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman made his presence felt in his team's disappointing loss Saturday to Chicago Marshall, 40-20.
The future Wolverine played with attitude that comes from the tough streets of his hometown Peoria. And despite his team struggling with their third straight loss to open the season, Tuley-Tilman says football is now his "life".
"Coming from the hood down in Peoria, Illinois—I had nothing as of a year ago," Tuley-Tillman told GoBlueWolverine.com after the game. "So this is my life. This is what I want to do. I'm so passionate about this, I'm going to put everything in it. Cause when you come from nothing, you understand the hustle and drive. We didn't have a good game today and didn't come out with the win. But life isn't fair and you're not going to win all the time."
With Michigan losing to then No. 2 Alabama 41-14 to start the season, Tulley-Tillman says it's only a matter of time before the Wolverines are on the Crimson tide's level.
"We are a part of Michigan, and we are ready to get Michigan back to where it was," Tuley-Tillman said. "Our O-line commits that we got right now, we are all in our home towns working hard. We know what's coming. We are ready to get in there and put the time in and get to that level. ‘Cause if you look at our recruiting class, a lot of guys said no to Alabama. You've got to give kudos to them ‘cause they are a great team. But we are getting ready. We are preparing."
At 6-foot-7, 325-pounds, it easy to see why college coaches would love Tuley-Tillman services. Scout.com's No. 22 offensive tackle confirmed that notable programs like Arkansas, USC and Alabama have tried to get him to visit during and immediately after the Michigan loss to Alabama. But despite other schools seeking his services, he has reaffirmed his commitment to the Maize & Blue.
"They are all blue blood programs, but I am sticking tough with Michigan," he said.
Tuley-Tillman said he will be on campus as much as he possibly can this season. And he said he is on track to graduate early and enroll early after the Under Armor All-American game Jan 5, 2013.
But before he gets to campus, Tuley-Tillman said he has one message for Michigan fans everywhere.
"Go Blue! And the cavalry is coming!"
For the complete interview, and highlights of Tuley-Tillman (#72) performance versus Chicago Marshall, click on the link below.