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Tiller waiting for first offer

Why hasn't Fred Tiller, a junior receiver/safety at Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County with a strong resume on the field and in the class, received an offer yet?
That's a question he has a difficult time answering.
"I have no clue," Tiller said. "I guess the colleges out there hadn't been looking at us really until we won state [in December]."
Despite not having an offer, Tiller is getting significant attention.
Coaches from Georgia and Tennessee have dropped by his school. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder also is hearing from Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida State and Georgia Tech. Next week, he will travel to Tennessee for his first junior day.
"The most interest is coming from Tennessee and Florida State," Tiller said. "They're calling my coach and telling him stuff. And he'll come back and tell us what they said about me."
Who might be the first to offer?
"Probably Florida State," Tiller speculated.
During Clinch County's 15-0 2010 season, Tiller had great success. As a receiver, the two-year starter recorded 31 catches for 736 yards and nine touchdowns. At safety, he made 65 tackles and intercepted five passes, one of which was returned 100 yards for a touchdown.
The question is, which position will he play in college?
"I have no idea," Tiller said. "I can play on both sides of the ball. It doesn't really matter to me, receiver or DB. I've told [colleges] I don't care; I just want to play."
Later this year, Tiller will attend camps at Auburn and Florida State, he said. But for now, he is focused on next week's unofficial to Knoxville. Though Tiller has attended games at Florida and Florida State, his trip to Tennessee will be a first because he has never before toured a college campus.
"I just want to see how the environment is, and see whether I'd fit in or not," Tiller said. "They're a good school, and I think I could get a starting position as soon as I got up there if I get offered."
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