Tillery excited by Irish offer

Sophomore offensive tackle Jerry Tillery of Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian talks about how he reacted to receiving an offer from Notre Dame, where he'll visit this summer, and when he plans to make a final decision.

Sophomore offensive tackle Jerry Tillery of Shreveport (La.) was offered by Notre Dame on Tuesday morning.

"This has been such an exciting day," Tillery said. "I am so happy that Notre Dame offered me. It's a little unbelievable. Notre Dame has a terrific academic reputation. They also have a great football reputation, and that combination is hard to beat."

Tillery is visiting Notre Dame, Stanford, and LSU this summer. He'll be on hand for Notre Dame's camp June 21-22.

"I'm looking forward to that visit," Tillery said. "I'm probably going to camp while I'm there and I'm going to check out the campus and academic side of things as well."

Tillery has been in contact with Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks this spring, and today he had a chance to speak with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand on the phone.

"Coach Hiestand says he likes my size and speed combination and how well I move," Tillery said. "He likes how I play the game and how aggressive I am on the field. Notre Dame likes me as a left tackle. That's what I'm being recruited as by all schools."

The 6-foot-6, 315- pound lineman is on track to graduate early (December 2014), and he plans on deciding next summer or early fall.

"I will definitely be looking at the academic reputation when I make my decision," Tillery said. "I will look at how good the football program is, too. Location will not matter. I am not chained to Louisiana."

Tillery also holds offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Ole Miss, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Texas A&M.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Tillery said. "All of my offers are really good. I'm really just enjoying the recruiting process and seeing where everything goes."

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