Lee Tilley is the kind of offensive lineman you want on your team, and in many cases, you can build an offensive line around. The 6' 7", 311 pound prospect out of Springfield South High School in Springfield, Ohio is already getting a growing list of offers from people who want to do just that. Currently, he holds offers from Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina State and Nebraska. Other schools that are showing interest are too many to list, but include Arizona, Notre Dame, Michigan St, Florida St, Tennessee, Florida, Louisville, USC and Iowa State. Tilley is currently sorting through where he'd like to camp, but mentioned he wouldn't mind making a stop to Lincoln. "I'm going to try to get up there," he said.
Tilley has never given up a sack in his high school career and according to his position coach, Jeremy Beckham, graded out at 96% as a sophomore and 98% as a junior offensive lineman. When asked about reaction to the offer from Nebraska, it was well received by coach and player alike. "I was kind of like, man I can't believe it," said Tilley who still sounded quite proud of the offer. He did say that the offer itself meant quite a bit to him. Where does the offer place Nebraska on the leaderboard? "It puts them in the top four," he said.
Tilley's position coach and head coach agree with the top prospect. "With Coach Callahan's background as a line coach, to be offered by Nebraska as an offensive lineman is just an honor. It's something that means a lot coming from a head coach that has such a history," said Beckham. Head Coach Tony Broering couldn't agree more with his assistant's thoughts. "That's one of the biggest offers this school has ever seen, we've had some kids who went to Ohio State, but as far as national attention goes (it's one of the biggest)," said Broering.
Lee himself is quite aware of what Nebraska has been able to accomplish in years past. "(They've got) great football tradition, great history and great academic programs," he said. He also mentioned that the offer from the Cornhuskers makes them the only team he wants to visit officially at this early stage. "I want to see how the team acts towards each other, is the campus a place I can learn and mature and grow as an individual and a football player," he said.
Coach Broering discussed a bit of Lee's past with us as well. "The key for Lee's success has been his coachability. We found him in the gym playing basketball, he'd never played in his life. He came out, gave it a try for fun and two years later, he's the most dominant program in the state of Ohio," said Broering who has spent 15 years at Springfield South with six as a head coach. Broering also said that Lee is very interested in enrolling early if possible and has enlisted the coaching staff to help him out with that prospect. Coach Broering is also looking to help Lee come out for the Nebraska Spring Game and take 2-4 other unofficial visits to offers as well.