Peoria (Ill.) Manual junior offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman remembers creating his own player and placing himself on Ohio State's team playing video games as a youngster. Now, the 6-7, 280-pound prospect has been offered to join the Buckeyes official roster.
"I started talking to their player personnel director," Tuley-Tillman said. "He sent me a message on Facebook last night and I just told him about my film on YouTube. I guess he got it to the coaching staff today and Coach Urban Meyer actually watched it."
Tuley-Tillman called Meyer on Thursday evening to initiate a conversation and get to know the Buckeye's new head man, but he did not expect to receive the news Meyer was prepared to give him.
"I gave him a call just to see how everything was going, and he offered me a full scholarship to be a Buckeye," Tuley-Tillman said. "He said he already sees me as a great player with great size and mobility."
Tuley-Tillman's offer list now includes Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa State and Ohio State. Al but one of those offers came after his junior season, and the recent string of good news has not only been celebrated by those close to him, but also throughout his school which recently struggled with the loss of one of their own.
"It means a lot and revives hope in my whole community because there have been some bad things happen in the past couple months and it just brings hope back that someone from this area can do something big if they set their mind to it and strive to achieve it," Tuley-Tillman said.
With several offers in hand, Tuley-Tillman plans to restart the process of making visits, starting this weekend.
"I'm going to Notre Dame this Saturday," Tuley-Tillman said. "I'm looking to watch their practice, then go around the facilities and look into the library."
This past season, Tuley-Tillman started on both lines for Peoria Manual, and finished with 38 pancake blocks from his offensive tackle position.