Hello: Logan Tuley-Tillman

Submitted by Ace on February 19th, 2012 at 9:07 PM

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I... just... what? Out of the blue, Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman joins the commit parade, becoming the eighth—THE EIGHTH—player to commit to Michigan over the weekend. All are four-star recruits. Michigan just went from "solid, but small, early class" to "by far the biggest and best class in the country." The Wolverines already have more top 150 ESPN prospects than they did in the entire 2012 class, which was universally regarded as being among the ten best in the country. Ten of the team's 11 commits are ranked among the top 200 on Rivals, with five making the top 100. There are no words to describe what is going on right now. Trust me, I tried, and this happened:

GURU RATINGS

Scout Rivals ESPN 24/7 Sports
NR OT 4* OT,
#109 Ovr
NR OT 4*, 94, #13 OT,
#85 Ovr

Ho, hum, just another four-star commit with a top-100 pedigree on at least one site. Tuley-Tillman seemingly came out of nowhere before bursting onto the scene with a flurry of big-time offers that hasn't really let up since the fall, and the recruiting services have taken notice. Tuley-Tillman is listed at 6'7" and 280-301 pounds, depending on where you look, but he's told me at this point he's up to 304 and still adding (good) weight.

Very little was known about Tuley-Tillman until he participated in the Core 6 Showcase this January, but Josh Helmholdt did manage to do a breakdown of his junior film in November ($):

On film, I love the way Tuley-Tillman keeps his feet moving. You rarely see him reaching for blocks. In pass pro he sets up, engages the defender and stays in front of his man through the whistle. He still needs work on his punch and again strength is a development point, but we're talking about juniors in high school here and the strength will come.

In run blocking he fires out low and gets into the defender quickly. Once he latches on, his legs keep driving and his pancake rate is high. I love the way he finishes blocks and he appears to have a nice mean streak on the field, which is always welcomed by offensive tackle coaches. Tuley-Tillman is tall and lean, has solid technique and does a lot of the little things correct.

Given that Tuley-Tillman has added 20+ pounds since his junior season, it'll be interesting to see if strength is talked about as an issue when he hits the field for his senior season; my guess is no. As mentioned above, the Core 6 Showcase was when scouts really got to get a good look at Tillman. I'll start with Helmholdt's impression ($):

Listed at 6-7 and now weighing more than 300 pounds, Tuley-Tillman has ideal size for the offensive tackle position in college. He does have some excess weight he can trim in the coming months and years, but his athleticism is above average and he has the tools necessary to play the left tackle position. Another thing I like about Tuley-Tillman at the left tackle spot is that he is left-hand dominant, which can really benefit a player protecting the quarterback's blind side. Tuley-Tillman showed a nice mean streak on Monday, but also will have to learn to be more disciplined as his game develops.

As you'll see, technique is noted as an area to work on—not at all uncommon among junior linemen—but the potential is there for Tuley-Tillman to be a fixture at tackle. 24/7's Jason Sapp disagreed with Helmholdt about Tuley-Tillman's possible position, though this is the only time that I've seen the possibility of moving to guard even mentioned offhand:

Worked primarily at left tackle ... Long body and athletic legs ... Good first kick and reposts his arm well on counter action ... Will work on technique as his body matures and develops, but a high ceiling to be a force on the line ... Wide base and a college strength program would help strengthen his core and allow for a stronger push on the line ... Not a finished product and has some areas to improve heading into senior season, but in the early phase he looks like a stronger candidate for the right side of the line or possibly bumping down a man at the collegiate level.

Finally, here's Allen Trieu from a great Sam Webb feature in the Detroit News (well worth a read if you don't know about Logan's tough upbringing in Peoria):

"He is very athletic," said Scout.com Midwest regional manager Allen Trieu. "You can't teach his ability to move and bend at his size. He's light on his feet, changes directions well, and he's a hard working kid with a great attitude. He is very very coachable. He needs to still get stronger and maybe a little meaner on the field. He also still has to work on his technique, but he is currently doing that.

"In Illinois I think he's one of the top 10 juniors right now. Potentially, he could be a Scout300 guy, which would mean four-stars. I'd like to see him up against some top competition on the camp circuit, but in terms of physical tools, he's as gifted as anyone I've seen in the Midwest."

To sum it up, Tuley-Tillman has a huge frame, very good athleticism for his size, and a great work ethic, while he needs to get a little stronger and shore up his technique.

OFFERS

Tuley-Tillman's top two schools were Michigan and Alabama, and he also held offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Mizzou, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Not bad for a guy who was relatively unknown heading into his junior year.

STATS

No stats, offensive lineman.

FAKE 40 TIME

There's no listed 40 time for Tuley-Tillman, so I can't dole out any FAKEs.

VIDEO

Junior highlights—I think any questions about his mean streak are answered at the 0:30 mark:

Linebacker fall down go boom.

There's also film from Tuley-Tillman's workout at the Core 6 Showcase, courtesy of Scout.

PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE

Tuley-Tillman becomes the fourth offensive line commit in the class, and it appears he's destined for tackle along with Chris Fox; Kyle Bosch and David Dawson project best to guard (or in Dawson's case, potentially center) at the collegiate level. Tuley-Tillman will likely need a redshirt year to develop technique as well as build strength, though he's already adding weight and getting stronger due to his regular workouts at Core 6. No matter what he does on the field, however, it's clear that Michigan is getting another great person in their locker room who won't take this opportunity for granted:

"Coming up in this city I had a lot of friends that were on the right track and had opportunities like me, but got killed or wound up in jail," said Tuley-Tillman. "For me, (failure) is not an option. Not working hard is just not an option. I will do whatever it takes to send myself to the next level. Every time I'm at home and I see my niece, I just look in her eyes and I just know that she depends on me to do something for her — (something) to better (our) future. I want success as bad as I want to breathe. It's not something that won't happen for me. It's something that will happen because I'm doing all the things in order to get there."

Logan's determination has come through in the several chances I've had to interview him, and he knows how big of an opportunity this is for him and his family. He also regularly does community service work to help give back for all the help he's received over the years; I'm guessing he'll be a regular on the team's visits to Mott Children's Hospital.

UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS

As I've now said three other times this weekend, Michigan will either stand pat at four offensive linemen—meaning either Dawson or Bosch will wind up at center—or look for a fifth OL to fill that role. Either way, the Wolverines have already put together an offensive line class that rivals this year's incoming freshmen in terms of quality, a remarkable feat considering we're not even three weeks past signing day for the 2012 class.

The Wolverines now have 11 commitments overall, about half of what they'll likely have at the end of the recruiting cycle. The focus will now turn to adding at least two wide receivers, an all-around tailback, at least one defensive tackle, and a little depth in the back seven of the defense.

Comments

champswest

February 19th, 2012 at 9:33 PM ^

imposter who is playing a huge hoax on us all.

Or, Hoak and company can really recruit.  Ace, if you are really still with us, you can take the rest of the month off.

T4L

February 19th, 2012 at 9:41 PM ^

I was going to take a shower, but that might wash off whatever was in the air in Ann Arbor this weekend that I took in all of yesterday and is clearly lingering today.

NO MORE SHOWERS. EVER.

Wisconsin Wolverine

February 19th, 2012 at 9:48 PM ^

remember that slightly down feeling you had when we missed out on a few 2012 guys leading up to signing day?  me neither.  I sense a disturbance in the force ... tOSU has stepped up their game, & Michigan has responded by slamming a Hoke fist so hard on the table that there are splinters rocketing off into SEC country, the ripples of which are traveling through time & shaking the brain matter of future stars everywhere.

Michigan Arrogance

February 19th, 2012 at 9:55 PM ^

An OL haul like this is not uncommon (see OSU in 2007 or so w/ Brewster, and Shugarts, etc). But I'm at a loss to recall a class of this caliber a year (3 weeks even!) after the signing of such a strong OL class.

we effectively signed the 2 deep on the OL&TE in 2014-17 consisting of consensus 4 & 5 stars.... in 3 weeks

bluebyyou

February 19th, 2012 at 9:58 PM ^

This is insane...about every other attempt at getting into Mgoblog ends in a 502 message so I wait a half hour and WTF?  Another recruit. And then another.

Enjoy this folks.  This is a one of a kind event.......but with Hoke, who knows?

Assuming that Ace was not permanently injured with Hello posts, the rest of his year should be a lot easier.

Mighty Petrusha

February 19th, 2012 at 10:15 PM ^

There is a cense, a feeling of something very special that's about to happen in Ann Arbor very soon. There is about 10 more spots available for qualified 5-4 stars. If you wait a few more weeks, it might be too late !!!

aiglick

February 19th, 2012 at 10:30 PM ^

This is what I imagine David Molk is doing/thinking right now:

"Fuck why couldn't I have a few more years of eligibility."

Thinking about calling Drew Sharpe to call him a loser.

Headbutts Gibson.

AlbMichFan

February 20th, 2012 at 3:53 AM ^

Unbelievable the success we are having on the recruiting trail. I really hope we hold on to all these guys, they all have amazing talent regardless of where they are ranked. GO BLUE