Vandy offers Humboldt RB Nick McLilly

Vanderbilt was the first to offer Nick McLilly, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back from Humboldt, Tenn. The versatile McLilly, who could play a variety of positions at the college level, had a huge junior season in Tennessee Class 2A in the Jackson area. He was named the classification's Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 for the Vikings.

Vanderbilt was the first to offer Nick McLilly, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound running back from Humboldt, Tenn. The versatile McLilly, who could play a variety of positions at the college level, had a huge junior season in Tennessee Class 2A in the Jackson area. He was named the classification's Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 for the Vikings. McLilly conversed with VandyMania.com about the early stages of his recruiting journey.

"It was great to receive the Vanderbilt offer," said McLilly. "Basically, I think it's one of the best schools out there for education. The program is an up and coming one under Coach Franklin. He's made significant strides there and has assembled a good coaching staff. I'm happy to be offered. It's an honor, but I plan on taking my time before I'm ready to make a commitment. It's still early.

"I was offered [by Vanderbilt] at running back. They said they liked a lot of things about my game, but most of all my speed. I'm open to other positions in college but I like playing running back. Coach Donovan thinks I can come in and be a difference maker."

McLilly went to to talk about his junior season which jump started his recruiting and put him on the map of one of the top juniors in The Volunteer State.

"It was a great season," McLilly said. "It didn't really end the way we wanted it to losing in the first round. Next year, I have many goals I'd like to accomplish. I want to run for more yards than I had this season and win that state championship."

Other schools showing McLilly early interest Duke and Tennessee. He hopes to boost his stock later this spring at a Nike Elite Camp.

"Basically, I'm looking at the school where I feel like I have the greatest level of comfort with the coaches and the players," he explained. "Of course, I want to go somewhere that offers an excellent educational opportunity. My family is big on academics."

McLilly could play running back, wide receiver, or defensive back at the college level. He plays basketball and runs track at Humboldt High School. His best time in the 100 meter dash is 11.1 and has a personal best of 53.85 in the 400.

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