WESTMONT, Ill. – Peoria (Ill.) Manuel junior offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman is arguably the nation’s hottest 2013 prospect, and he talked about his most recent visit to Ohio State at Monday’s Core 6 Winter Showcase.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle and No. 38 prospect overall, the 6-foot-7, 300-pound Tuley-Tillman was on the Buckeyes campus for the Ohio State-Indiana basketball game. Urban Meyer is one of the latest coaches to extend Tuley-Tillman a scholarship, and it was his first time in Columbus.
“It was great,” Tuley-Tillman said. “I really liked it down there. I met with Coach Urban Meyer and went in his office and I saw all his championship rings, so that was good.
“I went through the academic center and went through the campus and the stadium with nobody in it, and that was a good thing to see.”
Tuley-Tillman enjoyed his time at the basketball game and his conversation with Meyer.
“He said they’re going to put you in the best position to be successful and they’re not going to kiss up to you and they’re going to put everything in front of you to succeed.”
Besides Ohio State, Tuley-Tillman has taken three recent visits to Michigan. He has also been to Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. His next scheduled trip is to Alabama for junior day on Jan. 28.
“I’ll then probably go to Arkansas and USC, and Florida State will probably be after that,” Tuley-Tillman said.
Besides Alabama, all the programs mentioned have offered, along with the likes of Boston College, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. The Wolverines are Tuley-Tillman’s early favorite.
Pocic playing it slow
Lemont (Ill.) Township offensive tackle Ethan Pocic took home MVP honors for his position group, living up to his billing as the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 13 prospect overall.
Ohio State is the latest school to offer the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Pocic, who denies a leader at this point in the recruiting process. He visited Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin during the season and recently returned to the Badgers campus for a bowl practice. He’s also been keeping in touch with several recruiters.
“Just Coach (Chuck) Martin from Notre Dame, Coach (Paul) Petrino from Arkansas, I’m just starting to call him again,” Pocic began. “Coach (David) Ash (from Wisconsin), Coach (Darrell) Funk I talk to every week or every other week.”
Pocic is also thinking about several future visits, and he could be at Illinois this weekend. His older brother Graham is an offensive lineman for the Illini, and Pocic recently started talking with assistant coach Luke Butkus.
“This spring I’m going to take some visits to Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin,” Pocic said.
Pocic does not have a timetable for a college decision.
Michigan makes an impression on Isaac
Also taking home MVP honors for his position was Joliet (Ill.) Catholic four-star running back Ty Isaac, who checks in as the nation’s No. 4 running back and No. 28 prospect overall. Isaac visited Michigan over the weekend and says the Wolverines are guaranteed to make any cut when he eventually trims his list of growing scholarship offers.
“I know they’ll be in it whether it’s a five, four or three,” Isaac said. “Right now I don’t know if there is any other school that can say that, but obviously there is going to be more and I’m going to go on more visits.”
In the past, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Isaac has made visits to Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
“I know there is junior days coming up, but I don’t think I’m going to hit any of those,” Isaac said. “I’m probably just going to go on my one visits so I can get more 1-on-1 time with the coaches. I’ll probably go back up to Ohio State with the new staff and I’ll probably go back up to Notre Dame and other than that I don’t know.”
Isaac added that he thinks coaches from Arkansas and Illinois will be by his school to see him soon.
-Michigan State offered Hinsdale (Ill.) Central sophomore offensive guard/center Brian Allen on Monday morning, joining Iowa. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Allen is the younger brother of current Spartans freshman center Jack Allen.
-Sharing MVP honors with Pocic and Isaac was Harvey (Ill.) Thornton Township safety Jalen Banks, who holds early offers from Northwestern and Western Michigan. The 6-foot, 190-pound Banks says he has a great relationship with the Wildcats staff. Michigan State and Wisconsin have also been in contact and have invited him to junior day.
“I’m really interested in Northwestern and Michigan State and the Big Ten schools,” Banks said after the showcase.
-Also holding a Northwestern offer is New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln Way West offensive lineman Colin McGovern, who was one of the more impressive linemen that participated. He says he’ll be back in Evanston this Friday for a visit. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound McGovern added that he’d like to visit Michigan in the near future and that Illinois and Michigan State have increased the interest.
-West Virginia and Penn State are showing early interest in class of 2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett, who had 78 ½ tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception this past season. He says he’s hoping to hear from Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon, and judging by his performance on Monday, could be one of the state’s top prospects two years down the road.
-Crete (Ill.) Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan is also one of the state’s top sophomores, and he said he’s talked to coaches at Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Minnesota.
-Illinois, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Central Michigan are sending handwritten mail to Charleston (Ill.) High athlete Dillon Cazley, who worked out at defensive back on Monday. His younger brother Joshua Cazley is an exciting 2014 running back prospect that is already receiving mail from several programs coast to coast.
-Crete (Ill.) Monee offensive guard Austin Rosenfeld says he attended games this fall at Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern and Ohio State, and added that he doesn’t have any junior day plans.
-Macomb (Ill.) Senior junior offensive lineman Nick Severs reports early interest from Duke and Wisconsin.
-New Lenox (Ill.) Providence Catholic linebacker Brian Fordon says he’ll visit Illinois on Sunday. Indiana and Northwestern are also showing early interest.