This year's top Tiller is offensive line prospect, John Ioane (6-4, 335). Currently playing offensive tackle for Tustin, Ioane is also playing some defense, and is even nimble enough, at 300+ pounds, to play tight end.
He realizes, though, when all is said and done, he will most likely end up at guard in college.
"I'll play wherever they put me in college, O-Line, D-Line, anywhere," said Ioane.
Right now, he holds one offer, from Washington State, and his top five consists of the Cougars, Kansas State, USC, UCLA and Miami. A few weeks ago he told Greg Biggins of TheInsiders that USC was his leader, but when we spoke to him he wouldn't say he had a particular favorite among thos five schools.
As of last week, Ioane was planning to go to both home games for UCLA, against San Diego State and Washington. He didn't make it to the San Diego State game last week, however.
Ioane said he's enjoying the recruiting process. "Recruiting is going good altogether. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, so I don't mind the calls." He also indicated that UCLA Offensive Coordinator Steve Axman is the coach recruiting him for UCLA.
The Tillers are off to a slow start, losing a lot of seniors, but Ioane is keeping his head up. "It's still early and we have league where we can turn it on," said Ioane.
He recently received an 1170 on his SAT, and coupled with his GPA, he's in good standing to qualify academically.