Tillman Favoring UNC After Visit

Defensive tackle Caleb Tillman's first visit after decommitting from Mississippi State? North Carolina.

True to his word, Caleb Tillman found a way to make the eight-hour trek to Chapel Hill for his inaugural North Carolina visit. As he anticipated, the experience has fashioned the Tar Heels as his frontrunner.

“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff,” Tillman said. “I’ve been talking to Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] since I was going into my junior year. And then once Coach [Tray] Scott got hired, we just instantly hit it off.”

It was Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach, who spent the most time with Tillman, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman from Dothan (Ala.) Northview, throughout his Saturday stay.

“He was cool and funny,” Tillman said. “It wasn’t like hanging out with a coach – we were just chilling. There was no pressure.”

A couple of days before leaving for UNC, Tillman backed out of his eight-month commitment to Mississippi State.

“I just realized it wasn’t for me,” Tillman said. “I still talk to the coaches.”

Having just ended one commitment, Tillman is unsure when he’d start another, despite favoring UNC.

“I’ll most likely wait until the season, but I don’t really even know to be honest with you,” Tillman said.

Outside of obviously UNC, Tillman says he’s considering Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, and Ole Miss.

Tillman’s UNC visit included a complete tour of the campus, including the football facilities.

“I really liked it a lot,” Tillman said. “It was more than I expected. The campus was just amazing and I just liked the feeling of it.”

At one point Saturday, Tillman broke away from Scott for an individual meeting with Gene Chizik.

“We just talked about where I would fit in [the defense],” Tillman said. “And he told me to take my time. He told me not to rush into anything, but that he definitely wants me up there.”

Chizik sees Tillman playing three-technique (rush defensive tackle). Tillman, who rotates between D-end and three-technique for Northview, likes the idea of playing three-technique on a fulltime basis.

Tillman also spent time with Tar Heel D-linemen Robert Dinkins and Dajuan Drennon.

“We had a lot of fun,” Tillman said. “We were just laughing and joking around. We were just talking about the [football] season. They’re getting ready for camp.”

Next up for Tillman might be an in-season visit to Louisville. However, he knows that he will definitely return to UNC for a game this fall. He said he’s eying the Tar Heels’ ACC bout with Miami on Nov. 14.

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