January 22, 2008

Tillmans re-schedule visits to Ole Miss

Two prospects long thought to be headed to Ole Miss are the Tillman cousins from Franklin County HS in Meadville, Miss.

Defensive end Marcus Tillman, a freshman All-American who spurned LSU at the eleventh hour two years ago is set to enter this junior season with the Rebels and has been a force on the defensive line for the least two seasons.

"Little" brother Bo Tillman, at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, just finished his senior season and is rated a four-star prospect while cousin Aljoshua Tillman, a 6-foot-4, 245 defensive end prospect, committed to the Rebels last June and is rated a three star prospect.

Bo appeared and at the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game last month and didn't have a good showing with no tackles in the game. After observing him in action, Rivals.com recruiting experts concluded his future may best project as an offensive lineman, although Ole Miss has recruited him as a defensive tackle.

Both Tillmans were thought to be headed to Oxford last weekend for an official visit to Ole Miss but were no shows.

"We just had a family problem," Josh Tillman said Monday evening. "We were delayed, that's all."

With former Rebel recruiter Tony Hughes moving to Southern Miss earlier this month, it didn't take him long to get the Eagles in on the Tillmans with each receiving an offer.

"Coach Hughes, he pretty much picked up where he left off when he was recruiting us for Ole Miss," Tillman said. "It just now he wants us at Southern."

Hughes has been successful in convincing the Tillmans to taken an official visit.

Both have planned official visits to Southern Miss this coming weekend and both are planning to visit Ole Miss the following weekend.

Has all the coaching changes affected Josh Tillman?

"I'm still committed to Ole Miss," Tillman said. "Everything is good with Ole Miss. They are still recruiting me hard and my offer is good. They are telling me how much that want me."

Tillman is being recruited by Ron Dickerson, Jr.

"I just want to take my visits and think about it for a while, then I'll make my decision."

Tillman, at one time, was hearing from Auburn, but now that has changed.

"Mississippi State recently got back into the picture," Tillman said. "They had been there before, but I think they backed off due to grades, but I've got my grades back up and that's the reason I think they came back."

"They just wanted to make contact and let me know they are still interested," he said.

Josh Tillman said that in addition to the visits Bo and he will take to Ole Miss and Southern, that Bo is working on a visit to LSU.

"I don't know how he's going to pull that off," Josh Tillman said.

There are only two recruiting visit weekends remaining before signing day, meaning that if either prospect wants to take a third trip, it would have to happen during the week.

Josh Tillman was also selected to participate in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game but was slowed by an ankle injury.

The most recent report on Tillman's academic status has him with a 15 on the ACT and right at a 2.5 on his GPA.

Rivals.com assessement of Josh Tillman: Barry Every's assessment: Assets: He has great height and long arms which are ideal for a defensive end. Area's for improvement: He sometimes plays a little high making it easier for the lineman to get to his body. He will need to work on having a lower pad level. What was most impressive in practice: His match-ups on one on ones with Tobias Smith, they were real battles. He is a little raw most likely a red-shirt candidate, but he has the physical tools to be very good for Ole Miss.

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