Lineman's Stock Is On The Rise

The "Buckeye State" appears to be loaded with offensive linemen this season. One of the most impressive linemen I have seen on tape regardless of his native state is Springfield South (Ohio.) Offensive tackle Lee Tilley. He has the frame, footwork, and wingspan that all college recruiters crave. He is now receiving the offers to back up his play.

"I just got off the phone with Nebraska," Tilley said. "I spoke to the offensive line coach and Bill Callahan. They told me how they thought I would fit into their program, and they told me about their campus."

Springfield (Ohio.) South offensive lineman Lee Tilley, 6-7 and 311 pounds, has seen his stock rise over the past two weeks. Tilley has received offers from Kansas, Georgia, and Nebraska. The new found stardom has not changed the young man's focus.

"I'm trying to stay calm, I realize that some schools won't offer because of the other's that have offered," Tilley said. "I'm just trying to work hard, and take everything in stride. I'm just focusing on doing what I can to help my team win."

Kansas- "I was dumbfounded."

Georgia- "I was jumping up and down."

Nebraska- "It's still new, so it hasn't hit me yet."

Shortly after, the one thing Tilley wants to prove is that just because you're from Ohio and Ohio State doesn't recruit you hard, doesn't necessarily mean you're not a player.

"I don't think that's fair, just because they don't recruit you, why do people think your not good," Tilley asked. "Georgia is a pretty good offer to have, so why is that not thought of as highly?"

The ink on his Nebraska offer barely had a chance to dry before North Carolina State has decided to throw their hat into the mix for Tilley.

"Coach Barry was talking to me, he was very excited about Lee, and wanted offer him a scholarship," said Springfield South offensive coordinator Jeremy Beckham.

Tilley now holds offers from Kansas, Georgia, Nebraska, along with North Carolina State.

A number of other schools have expressed an interest in Tilley including Indiana, Michigan State, Duke, Purdue, Michigan, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh.

"I think I wait until the middle or end of my senior season and figure out which school is the best fit for me," Tilley said. "I'll pick five and take my visits."

Tilley has started at offensive tackle for the past two seasons for the Wildcats and has not allowed a sack. He graded out at 98% this past season.

As a junior, Tilley was named 1st team All-State, All-Southwest Ohio, All-County, and All-League.

Scouting Report: Fine prospect who shows what you want to see in an offensive tackle. Has long arms, wide body and quick feet. Already an advanced pass blocker as he plays in a system that is built around the pass.

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