Midway monster adds SEC offer

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Tennessee, so far, has failed to snag a commitment from an offensive lineman in the 2012 class, but they just offered one big-time Illinois prospect in the class of 2013.

Logan Tuley-Tillman, a 6-foot-7, 284-pound monster out of Manual High School added his Tennessee offer this afternoon to a list that already included names like Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois and Missouri.

"My offer came around 12:30 today," Tully-Tillman said. "I called coach Hiestand after I got out of school and he gave me the news.

"I was really excited. That was like the third time that we have talked. I got him my film on Monday and he watched it. Then yesterday we talked a little bit and he messaged me on Facebook asking him to give him a call today."

Derek Dooley's offensive line coach Harry Hiestand has been put out front Tuley-Tillman's recruitment and while their interaction has been limited, the Tennessee coach has already made an impact on the junior.

"He is very straightforward and he seems like he knows what he is talking about when it comes to football," he said. "We haven't talked a whole lot, but things have been great so far."

Tuley-Tillman, who announced Michigan as his leader just one week ago, might have something to think about now that he has an SEC offer on the table.

"It is the most dominant conference in college football right now for sure," he said. "That is a really big thing for me to know that I am in a position to play in the Southeastern Conference one day if that is where I chose to go one day."

Tuley-Tillman and the Manual High School Rams (Peoria, Ill.) are coming off a rough 2011 campaign that ended with a disappointing 3-6 record after being plagued by injuries.

"Our season last year was pretty tough," he said. "We got hit with injuries pretty hard and ended up just going 3-6, so that wasn't what we were hoping for."

Now this midway man-child will shift his focus to the offseason when he will head to the Windy City to get some one-on-one training in order to improve his game heading into his senior season.

"This offseason I am going up to Chicago to do something called Core 6 training to work with a guy named Mike Jones, who was an All-American at Iowa," he said. "I just want to go up there and learn things that will help me develop more throughout the summer."

Tuley-Tillman, who reports a 2.7 core GPA, says that he excels in both pass and run blocking, but he is always looking to improve.

"Some of my strengths are driving people back and my footwork in pass protection," he said. "I am just trying to refine all my skill sets and help myself to be a better prospect to be a college lineman."

One thing is for certain — this monstrous young man is looking for a contender when he is searching the land of college football for his future college choice, no matter where that takes him.

"A proven system and the coaching staff are the main things that I am looking for," he said. "As far as academics, I am not all that worried about that because all the schools that are recruiting me are great academic schools.

"That is not going to be a problem. One other thing I am looking for is a school that is competing for conference and national championships. I am just going to go where I feel the most comfortable and what feels the best. Distance isn't going to be a big deal to me at all."

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