And one of those reasons is his prior relationship with first-year WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning.
“Coach Manning recruited me out of high school,” Tuley-Tillman said. “I got to know him very well throughout that process. He’s a great guy and it’s nice being able to reconnect with him and see a trusted face.
“He’s told me a lot about WSU and how much he loved everything out there. We caught up a lot, talked about our last season at Michigan together and just regular guy stuff. He’s excited about the future over there (WSU) and how I could possibly fit in.”
Earlier this week, Manning tripped to Ann Arbor to visit with Tuley-Tillman, a former four-star recruit, who is finishing up classes at Michigan. He’ll be receiving his bachelors degree, after only three years, in May.
ANOTHER REASON THE 6-7, 300-pounder likes the Cougs is because the coaches are willing to give him another shot. As some of you read on the Luxury Suites last week, Tuley-Tillman was dismissed by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh earlier this fall after he was charged with three felonies.
The former Wolverine was arraigned on two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to MLive.com.
However, after a lengthy conversation with WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos, the WSU staff got the go-ahead to offer Tuley-Tillman a scholarship late last week.
“He was understanding,” Tuley-Tillman said of Moos. “He told me that everyone makes mistakes, but it’s important to learn from them. I’m 20 and have my whole life ahead of me. He said they’re willing to give second chances, but I’ve got to do my best to grow as a man.”
WSU isn’t the only school willing to give the massive OT another opportunity, though. In addition to his Cougar tender, he also holds offers from Ole Miss and Louisville, with many others hitting up his phone line.
“I’d say 20 schools have reached out,” he said. “To be honest, I'm ready to get back on the grind. I am going to take my visits, though. I’m planning on going to Washington State, LSU, Louisville, Houston and possibly North Carolina, but I’m not sure if that one will be an official.”
Tuley-Tillman, who already took an official to Ole Miss, said he’s planning his Pullman visit for sometime in January.
“WSU could be a good situation for me,” he said. “They’re losing their starting left tackle, so it’s really wide open for anyone. I think the learning curve would be easy for me because I’ve learned three different offenses in three years.
“They throw the ball a lot, too. Pass blocking is definitely one of my strengths. I’m athletic and I’m pretty smart on the field. This could be a good fit. Coach Manning said if I worked hard, I could have a real shot of earning that left tackle position.”
Tuley-Tillman said he is hoping to make his decision after his visits, but is in no rush to pull the trigger. He will head to his college of choice in either May or June and have two years of eligibility remaining.
HERE ARE MORE recruiting notes for you:
• It’s expected to be another big official visit weekend for the Cougs. For the full list of prospects headed to Pullman, click here.
• One of those visitors is 6-6, 275-pound tackle Liam Ryan. CF.C spoke with the La Verne, Calif., prospect on Wednesday night and he said he can’t wait to get to Pullman with his parents for the trip. Ryan, who holds offers from Fresno State, SDSU, Nevada and others, hosted Clay McGuire and Ken Wilson for an in-home visit earlier this week.
• Per Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman, WSU extended an offer for 2018 wide receiver Andre Hunt last night. The 6-0, 175-pounder also holds an offer from Utah.
• Scout’s Greg Biggins also reported earlier this week that the Cougs offered 2018 WR/TE Cameron McDonald. McDonald, who checks in at 6-4, 205, holds offers from WSU, UCLA, Oregon State and Utah.
• After committing to WSU over the weekend, DL Lyric Bartley picked up an offer from Utah earlier this week.