Now most are getting familiar with their first cousin, Josh Tillman.
Josh was one of the main components to Franklin County's defense
and helped them to a 14-1 finish and a Class 3A State Championship.
finished the season with 80 tackles, 9 sacks, and 12 tackles for losses.
was named 1st Team All-State (Class3A) and 1st Team All-District. In the championship
game, I had 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 pass deflections against Nettleton,"
stated Josh Tillman.
What are Tillman's strengths on the field?
work ethic is the biggest thing. I practice as hard as I can every snap. Practice
really makes you a better player. It makes me mad when I see people loafing around
at practice. I get on their butts pretty good. I consider myself a good team leader.
When the chips are down, that is when I am trying to get everybody up. I try to
be a leader more than anything."
Which colleges are recruiting the
6' 3", 240 pounder with reportedly 4.7 speed?
"Ole Miss offered
me a scholarship. MSU, Alabama, Auburn, and LSU are all pretty serious with me
When did the Rebels offer?
"This past weekend. I
went to their Jr Day on Saturday."
Was this Josh's first visit to
"No, I have been up there 6 or 7 times. My cousin, Marcus
Tillman, plays for them. We go up there a lot to see him play and things like
What new did Tillman learn about Ole Miss on this trip?
academics. They really stressed how important it is for us to qualify and get
What stood out during Jr Day?
program, practice facilities, and how much they care about their players getting
Did Josh get a chance to talk to the coaches?
spoke with Coaches Orgeron and Nielsen. They were just excited to see me. They
let me know that Ole Miss will play their best players regardless if they are
a freshman or a senior. They do not sit their best players on the bench because
of seniority or things like that. They told me I was a great player, and I could
make an impact on their team my freshman year like Marcus did. Coach Orgeron told
me that he envisioned having all three Tillmans playing on the defensive line
at the same time. He said he was going to do his best to make sure that happens."
Josh consider that an important factor to be able to play with his other two cousins?
is a big factor, real big for me. We all three want to play together, but if it
is not in the cards for us to do so, then we will just have to make the best out
of it. But Marcus is already there, and I know me and Bo
really like Ole Miss a lot. Ole Miss is going to be hard to beat out. They are
going to be in the hunt for me no matter what. I like how aggressive their coaches
are up there. They have so much energy and keep everyone up. They are not just
for show. They are all like that. All the way from the head coach down to their
assistants. I have been up there enough to know if it is for real or just some
act so they can put on a show in front of the recruits. I can tell you from first
hand experience it is for real."
Who else is in the picture of Josh?
have been down to LSU a few times. They have a great campus. I got to meet Coach
Miles and Henson when they were recruiting Marcus. I went with Marcus on his official
visit, so I got to really get a good look at their campus then. They have a great
football program and good academics."
want to go down to Auburn for their Jr Day. They invited me, and I think I am
going to go. They are pretty much the same as LSU. They have a great football
program. I just know their background as a football program, but I have not checked
out their campus or faculties. Hopefully I will be able to do that at Jr Day.
Those three schools are pretty much the main ones right now."
Will all three Tillman's stay together?
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