Ole Miss interested in DL Bo Tillman?

The 6' 6", 285 pound defensive lineman created havoc for opposing offenses while prepping for Franklin County.

The Meadville resident collected 85 tackles, 10 sacks, a 2 forced fumbles as a senior and had over 100 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior.

Tillman signed with USM in February of '08 but failed to qualify. He proceeded to enroll at Meca Prep (Mississippi Elite Christian Academy), a new prep school in Jackson that was started by a former instructor at Genesis One in Mendenhall (MS).

We were able to catch up with the former Dandy Dozen player to see where he now stands with his academics and recruitment.

"Things are going really good for me," added Bo Tillman. We are over here working everyday, trying to get eligible when that time comes, which should be December."

What life lessons has Bo learned since entering Meca?

"I have learned a lot. They give you a lot of one on one time with the teachers, and we study all of the time. I get there early every day, and I stay over there until all of my classes and study hall have ended. My study habits are a 100 times different than they were before I got here."

The Game Plan by Cellular South was started last year to help guide the student athletes in Mississippi to gain eligibility. In its initial year of the program, some of the top recruits in Mississippi were simply too far behind to catch up, academically, and many of those students ended up at Meca.

"Man, there were a lot of us here this summer, and we still have OL Quinn Sanford (USM signee), OL Nick Chartain (USM signee), DB Bruce Wilbourn (USM signee), and LB Antonio Hoskins (MSU signee) over here. It has been a good experience for all of us. We all live in the same room. We see how each other are doing every day. We joke, laugh, and sometimes even cry together. We have really bonded. I feel blessed to have gotten to know these guys, and we are going to carry our friendship through college, rather we are at the same school or not. They are like brothers almost to me."

What has the 3-Time All-State performer been doing to keep himself in football shape?

"Well, I play a lot of pick up games with the top basketball players in the Jackson area. And I am always running after school gets out. Me and the boys get the cones out, dumb bells, just the whole nine yards. I am actually down to 270 now. I have lost some weight since I got here."

Bo was very noncommittal about his college intentions throughout his recruitment coming out of high school. Many assumed he would join his older brother, Marcus Tillman, at Ole Miss. But the staff that recruited both Marcus and Bo were dismissed at Ole Miss.

Two of the Ole Miss assistants that were let go were hired by USM, as Southern Miss also had a coaching change. But more importantly, the coach who recruited him for Ole Miss, Tony Hughes, was and is still now recruiting him for USM.

"That made a huge difference. I had that friendship with Coach Hughes and those coaches (at Ole Miss) that were let go. That was definitely a factor in me signing with them last year. Plus, they had a good recruiting class last year. I wanted to be a part of that. I like the atmosphere down there, and most importantly to me was the fact that 92% of their football players were getting their degrees when they left there. That was really important."

Now the question is where will Tillman sign this go around?

"I am pretty sure it is going to be USM. I think I have made the right decision."

Any interest from other schools?

"Well, Marcus (Tillman) is always telling me that I need to come to Ole Miss and play with him. He said that they were interested in me again, but I have not heard anything. Other than Ole Miss, USM is really the only school I am hearing from."

There is also another factor that could lead Bo to Southern Mississippi.

"My cousin, Josh Tillman, he is trying to get back there (USM) in January. He is at Coahoma CC right now, but he said he wants to go back in January."

Where ever Bo ends up on the next level, you can expect a couple things out of the defensive lineman.

"I have worked on my quickness and getting to the passer. If they put me at rush end, I am going to get to the QB. And if they put me at defensive tackle, I am going to stop the run. I feel like I am a complete player."

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