Ontario (Calif.) junior athletes Nathan Tilford is excited about his transfer from Upland to Colony. He’s also excited about playing his senior year fully healthy after battling a myriad of injuries in 2015.
Recruiting is the one thing Tilford is not excited about. At least talking about the subject seems to give the 6-foot-1, 205-pound four-star headaches.
Noted as one of the top 2017 prospects back in 2014, Tilford has been recruit his whole high school career. These days, Tilford keeps his answers about the recruiting process short.
“I’m not sure about where I am with recruiting,” said Tilford. “Right now, I’m focused on school and getting my grades up.
“I’m at a new school, so I’m focused on making new friends and getting comfortable. That’s all I’m worried about.”
Last fall, a report surfaced quoting Tilford’s mother, Brenda, stating that her son was a silent commitment to USC. An oxymoron of quote; a silent commitment implies a pledge that is not acknowledged publicly by the recruit or school.
“I don’t consider myself a commit to any school,” said Tilford.
But of course, that’s just what a silent commit might say.
“Honestly, I haven’t even been in contact with the new coaches at USC,” said Tilford. “At some point I have to set up a date or something to meet them, but like I said, I’m not to worried about that right now.”
Telford did not attend the USC Junior Day in February and has not unofficially visited USC since Steve Sarkisian was fired. At this point, Tilford isn’t even sure whether his scholarship offer from USC stands.
“I’ll try to get up there for a spring practice, but I don’t have any dates,” said Tilford. “I still have to see how the new coaches work and how the team is with my own eyes. I want to check that out. Until then, I can’t give you an exact answer on USC or where they stand with me.”
Tilford was being recruited by former USC linebacker coach Peter Sirmon, but ironically, USC’s former running backs coach, Johnny Nansen, is now coaching linebackers for the Trojans.
Many project Tilford as a running back or linebacker in college.
“I really am focused on playing running back and improving my blocking at that position,” said Tilford. “I’m good at doing everything, but I feel like I can get a lot better at blocking, so I’m ready for that next level.”
But before he gets to that level, he has a year at Colony to prove he is among the elite runners in a stacked class of tailbacks for 2017.
“I can’t wait,” said Tilford. “I’ve been looking forward to this and have been working hard. I can’t wait to get the ball in my hands that first game.”