It seems like every year about this time, players seem to emerge out of nowhere after strong senior seasons. Wichita (Kan.) Southeast running back Trezz Tillman is exactly one of those types of players. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder averaged 9.6 yards a carry in 2007, and now he's getting looked at more and more by Division I schools.
Tillman is also somewhat under the radar because he plays on the same team as future star recruit Joseph Randle, who had the bulk of the carries this season. But Tillman did the best he could from his fullback spot, despite projecting as a running back in college.
"I'm a good open field runner," Tillman said.
"I have good vision and good feet. I would say earlier this season against North was my biggest game. I had three touchdowns. One of them was a 60-yard reception, and another was a 40-yard run. Then the last game against Emporia, I had 190 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. I just went out there and tried to do the most with every opportunity I got."
Tillman thinks those opportunities helped him become a pretty complete back.
"I think I'm a back that's able to do a little bit of everything," he said. "I can run it, and I can catch it out of the backfield. They threw it to me a lot. I caught quite a few passes."
At this point, he's still searching for his first scholarship offer. He said he's just now sending out more tape, but there are a few schools showing him quite a bit of interest.
"Well, Houston showing me the most," Tillman said. "They asked for some film. I have to get a tape ready for them. I still have to get the Clearinghouse done and then I'll be straight. I'd like to get a chance to major in architecture. I'm a pretty good drawer. I also wouldn't mind something in computer tech."