TXST Offers Two-Sport Athlete

More than five schools have interest in this 2-sport athlete, but the Bobcats are the first to extend an offer. Lead reporter Keff Ciardello has an update.

Despite intriguing the likes of Duke, Kansas, Rice, Navy, Army and New Mexico, Strake Jesuit defensive tackle John Lilly didn’t receive a D1 offer before meeting with the Bobcats.

"I've had a lot of interest from schools but Texas State was the first to offer,” said Lilly. “It's my first offer so I got really excited that I finally got a school to commit to me. I was honored (TXST) did. I really like the town San Marcos. Plus, it's really close to where my Grandma lives in San Antonio. I love the stadium, I loved the campus, loved the coaching staff a lot."

Lilly is a man of many hats. He is a two-sport athlete at Strake Jesuit College Prep in Houston, starring on both the football and Lacrosse teams. Probably even more impressive is that Lilly is an Eagle Scout. Starting at the age of 12, he had to earn 22 badges such as Life Saving, Citizenship and Wilderness Survival. Only one percent of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts.

When he wasn’t servicing his community or controlling the line on the grid iron, he was starting at midfield and leading his HS Lacrosse team, who made it to State Super Regionals. Despite his success with Lacrosse, Lilly has made it perfectly clear where his focus will be in college, "Lacrosse gives me flexibly and opportunities to work on my footwork and speed. It's a perfect off-season sport but I'm solo football. I have been recruited to play Lacrosse but mostly from east coast schools. I will not play in college."

At 6’0”, 270-lbs Lilly is undersized for a tackle but, if his Hudl video is any indicator, his initial burst off the line may be enough to overcome that, "I like to think I'm quick off the line. I'm a little shorter than most D Tackles but I like to use that to my advantage by getting under the big arms of the offensive lineman. I'm aggressive, physical, love to hit. I go through two helmets a season."

Lilly said the most important attribute he is looking for in a program is education and he saw something in San Marcos to that regard that impressed him, "I'm looking for a program that is serious about its football but also serious about its academics. I felt that at Texas State when I was up here for Junior Day (April 4). They have an academic theme for athletes only. I thought that was showing commitment to both sports and academics."

He plans on making another visit to San Marcos soon. We’ll keep you updated on his recruitment.

Film (Hudl)


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