Tilley Impressed With Irish Coaching Staff

Springfield, Ohio is home to offensive lineman Lee Tilley. The 6-7, 310-pound Tilley has seen his stock skyrocket recently picking up four offers in the last few days. Tilley also visited South Bend this past weekend for Notre Dame's junior day. We spoke with Tilley on Monday night to get his thoughts on his Irish visit.

"It was nice and very unique," said Lee Tilley of his Irish visit.

The Springfield, Ohio native said he was most impressed by the Irish coaching staff.

"I met the offensive line coach and we talked for quite a while," Tilley said. "He seems like a great coach, and he knows football real well.

"I got to meet Charlie Weis. He's an impressive guy. I think they have five former head coaches on that staff. Most of them have NFL experience. Coach Weis has won the Super Bowls. I think you'd be hard pressed to find any coaching staff with that much experience and success."

Tilley's visit was his first visit to South Bend.

"It was my first time there," he said. "I really liked the campus. It seemed likely a homely place. You got a real community feeling there."

We asked Tilley what the Irish coaches had to say to him.

"They didn't talk to me about an offer," he said. "They said they were going to recruit me. We talked about what kind of offensive linemen they were looking for. They said they wanted guys who could get to the second level (linebackers-defensive backs), loved to play, and could pass block."

Tilley has had a wild few days recently picking up some impressive offers.

"Nebraska called and said they wanted to offer me. North Carolina State called shortly after that and said they were offering me. I already had offers from Georgia and Kansas so I have four now," Tilley said when asked about his offers.

Tilley also said he's not done with his junior day visits.

"I'm going to Illinois for their junior day. I'm going to Michigan State on March 18 for their junior day. Wisconsin wants me to come up there, but that might be too far. It's 12 hours one way," Tilley said.

We asked Tilley what he is looking for in a school, and when he might make his final decision.

"I'm looking for a school that fits my personality," he said. "I want to fit in well with the student population. I'll look at all kinds of factors after that--location, academics, playing time.

"I'll probably make my decision either at the end of the summer or at the end of my season. I don't want to worry about recruiting during my season when my team needs me.

"I don't really have any top schools right now. I'll narrow it down to probably 10, then probably five, and then I'll try to decide."

Will Notre Dame be one of his top schools?

"Yeah, I like Notre Dame," Tilley said. "I really like their coaching staff. They're going to win a lot more games this year than they did last year. Their coaching staff is incredible. If you're interested in the next level, they have the experience to get you to that next level."

Comments: Tilley said he didn't know what his core g.p.a. is so we'll have to check back on that. He did seem very impressed with his Irish visit. He's a great kid with a inviting personality. We expect Tilley to be one of the top prospects in Ohio when all is said and done. The Irish appear to have a good shot if they target him.

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