Josh Tillman picks Rebels

Josh Tillman, a DL from Franklin County, picked the Rebels today as his college of choice. He is the cousin of current Ole Miss star-in-the-making Marcus Tillman, also a DE. Read about it inside.

When you say "Tillman" in Franklin County, everyone takes notice.

There's Marcus, now a Rebel DE. Then there's Bo, Marcus' brother who will be an OL and DL at Franklin County this year. Then there is Jamie Collins, not a Tillman but a first cousin, who plays QB at Franklin County.

And last, but certainly not least, is Josh Tillman, Franklin County's 6-5, 250-pound DE/DT/TE who committed to the Rebels this morning.

"We are rebuilding our OL at Franklin County, but Bo should be a leader there and will get them going," said Josh, talking about Franklin County's chances in 2007. "Jamie is a great QB and I think our defensive line will be very strong with me and Bo on it."

His senior year is Josh's main priority right now, but in between thoughts of prep nirvana and going out with a bang his senior year, he opted to get his recruitment over with and join Marcus at Ole Miss.

"I had an offer from USM and strong interest from Auburn, Alabama and LSU - I think they would have offered eventually - but Ole Miss is where I want to be," said the All-State performer. "Ole Miss was my first offer and I'm real close to Marcus.

"Marcus is doing big things there and I wanted to be a part of that. Coach (Ed) Orgeron is the best defensive line coach in the nation and I wanted to be a part of that too. It all just fit. The atmosphere at the school, the education, the opportunities in football. Ole Miss is for me. It's a well-rounded place that I want to be a part of."

Josh, who had 75 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks as a junior, made All-State, All-Region and All-District last year.

"In high school, I try to dominate the line of scrimmage. I love sacking the quarterback, but I like run defense just as well. Frankly, I just like hitting ballcarriers, in any form," he laughed. "I know in college it will all change - Marcus has told me that.

"In college, everyone is big, strong and fast and it all comes down to learning the scheme, working the hardest and knowing techniques. Marcus told me that without good technique you can't play on the college level no matter how big and strong you are."

Older cousin has been showing younger cousin some of the ropes when he goes home to Franklin County.

"I am already working on some college techniques and want to use them my senior year in high school. I want to have them down when I get to Ole Miss," he explained. "I know I will have to adjust to the speed of the game, but Marcus said that comes with hard work and patience and paying attention."

In the meantime, Josh said he will continue working hard on the field and off.

"I've been working real hard with my books and on the field getting ready for my senior year and the future. I can't wait," he closed.

Tillman makes the sixth commitment the Rebel football program has gotten in the past two days.

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