Tillman Talks Maroon and White Game

Dothan, Alabama standout Caleb Tillman was one of the first players to commit to Mississippi State for the 2016 signing class. The Northview High product has put together a solid resume during his high school career, developing a reputation as a relentless pass rusher. This past weekend, Tillman was back in Starkville to see the Bulldogs generate some pressure of their own.

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"I really enjoyed the game," Tillman said of the annual Maroon and White contest. "It was a good atmosphere and I thought the team played well. They played hard and the defensive line looked good."

Living just over five hours from the Mississippi State campus, Tillman was eager to enjoy the day around his future teammates and coaches.

"I got the chance to talk to a lot of people and they were all happy that I came," Tillman said. "I got the chance to talk with Coach (David) Turner and we had a good talk. He was telling me how is looking forward to me getting up there. I enjoyed talking with him. He told me that they want me to come back up there a lot this year.

"I didn't really get a chance to talk with Coach Mullen, while I was on campus. I talked to him when I was on my way home. He was hoping that I was still on campus, so we could talk face to face. I had already left and was about an hour down the road."

The visit to campus appears to have reinforced some of Tillman's positive feelings about his decision to commit to Mississippi State.

"I feel even better about my decision," Tillman said. "I am still solid with Mississippi State and I enjoyed being up there. They made me feel welcome and like I was part of the family."

Tillman plays defensive end on the high school level, but is projected to bulk up and slide inside to defensive tackle as a collegian. His relationship with Coach David Turner appears to be a very good one, but it appears the Bulldogs will need to continue to recruit Tillman pretty hard as other programs learn of his ability over the course of the next few months.

"North Carolina was the last school that offered, but they are some others that are showing some interest," Tillman explained. "Ole Miss has been in touch with me and they want me to come up there and visit the campus at the end of this month. I am planning on going over there and seeing them too.

"I am probably going to go to some camps and things like that this summer. I am just trying to enjoy the experience and have some fun before the season starts."

Tillman is one of ten players currently committed to Mississippi State for the 2016 signing class. The Alabama native reports offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Southern Miss among others.

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