Recruiting: Visit better than expected for OL

Columbus, Ohio four-start offensive lineman Lee Tilley update.

Lee Tilley, OL, 6-7, 310, 5.1, COLUMBUS (FRANKLIN HEIGHTS HS), OHIO:

JH: How did you like your visit to OU?


LT: "It was a great. OU was what college football is all about. I saw the players get along and root for each other. I saw a big time atmosphere, one of the best in college football history. OU plays together and the coaches and players work together. The offensive line coach (Kevin Wilson) works hard with and for his players and is always behind them. The strength coach (Jerry Schmidt) has a program that is the best in the country at developing offensive linemen and he is always working hard for his players. OU was just what I expected a great college football program to be."

JH: I am sure you watched the offensive line, so what was your impression?

LT: "My first impression was that I couldn't tell them apart from the defensive line. They look like defensive lineman. They are not flabby, they are in great shape. They are built, but trim up top with big trunks for power. They are not flabby. OU looked so much better than their opponent that it had to be embarrassing for the other team. You can tell OU works hard and they work hard on conditioning. I would love to go in there and get to work with their strength coach and get into the kind of condition that OU is in."

JH: What did you learn about the program outside of football that maybe you didn't know before you visited?

LT: "I went with the impression that this was going to be an average sized town. Instead, they have a major city just 20 minutes outside of town.Norman itself is a great college town. They live in great dorms and then can move off campus after the first year. They make you grow up in a hurry as they give you responsibility and expect you to handle it. The academic lady (Teresa Turner) is great and she is running a great program. OU has set up a great academic program for their athletes and she cares about the guys in the program."

JH: Did your visit to OU enhance the Sooners chances to sign you?

LT: "I would say at this point they have the best chance to sign me. Now, OU is the only school that I have visited, because all my other visits have been unofficially. I have more official visits set and so I am going to see some other schools. I think it is going to be hard for some other schools to compare to OU, but I will have some other schools to compare them to. I am keeping my options open and I want to do that throughout the recruiting process."

JH: Who do you visit next?

LT: "I go to Arizona State this weekend, then LSU (10-15) and South Carolina (10-22). Right now those are the four schools that I am going to visit. I am basing that on some of the schools that I saw this summer and I am trying to focus on those four schools. This is a big decision for me. It is the next four years of my life, so I need to find a school where I fit in. I could take a fifth visit, but I just don't know at this point."

JH: What did you think about OU's depth situation on the offensive line?

LT: "It is bad for them and good for a recruit like me. It is good for a recruit that wants to go in and work hard and possibly play right away. They will only have seven scholarship offensive linemen in the spring, and Coach Wilson says he will work as hard as he can to get me on the field somewhere next season if I sign with OU."


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