Bo spent the past summer and fall working on his eligibility at Mississippi Elite Christian Academy in Jackson, MS. Also in attendance at the prep school were OL Nick Chartain, DB Bruce Wilbourn, and OL Quinn Sanford. All were USM signees, including Tillman, but the opportunity to play with his big brother was just too good to pass up.
"I wanted to go to Ole Miss in the first place out of high school, but my cousin (Josh Tillman) went to USM. I wanted to be with my family, but then Josh left to Co-Linn, so I decided to go play with my brother, Marcus. I just want to play with him again one more time. We had so much fun playing together in high school. Plus, I always beat him for the "Best Tillman"."
And what is the "Best Tillman".
"It was a competition we had between each other for each game, and then we had the big overall award at the end of the year. You know, who ever had the most tackles and sacks and things like that. It was just a family competition between us. Who ever had the most stats won the bet."
And which brother got the best of the other?
"You would have to ask Marcus about that (laugh)."
Marcus, who stands 6' 4", 275 has been a three year starter on the Ole Miss defensive line and is expected to be one of the main anchors next season. Bo, who was named the '06 and '07 Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year, realizes he has his work cut out for him to win the "Best Tillman" award this upcoming season.
"Marcus has that spot already, so it is going to be hard to beat him this year (laugh). But once I get into that rotation, I am going to see if I can't do something about that."
Big brother is just happy that little brother is going to playing next time once again.
"Marcus has never stopped recruiting me for Ole Miss. He is always telling me how much fun it is up there. He is just real happy that it has ended up this way. It is like a dream come true. It is good to be back with my brother again. I got a lot of goals to accomplish."
One of those goals includes taking the Rebels to Atlanta.
"Marcus said they have a real good shot to get there next year. He told me that is all everyone is talking about. I am going to do what ever I can to help them get there. I want to send my bother off on a high note."
The 6' 6", 290 pound defensive lineman collected over 300 tackles and 30 sacks during his high school career, but he knows he has his work cut out for him on the next level.
"Everyone is gunning for Peria's (Jerry) spot. A lot of those guys have a lot more experience than I do, but I will hopefully learn the playbook this spring and be ready to try and get a spot by the time two a days roll around. That is my goal."
Bo has completed all of his academic requirements and now he is waiting on the due process before getting started at Ole Miss.
"I am just waiting for Coach (David) Saunders to call. Every time the phone rings, I look to see if it is him. It felt so good when I got everything completed (academically), but it is going to feel even better when everything is official. He told me that they are supposed to get to my file any day. Hopefully it will all be done by Wednesday so I do not have to miss any classes."Bo will have 5 1/2 years to play four once cleared.