Peoria (Ill.) Manual 2013 offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman picked up his first offer of the recruiting process in the summer from Indiana, but had to wait several months for his second college offer.
On Thursday, Tuley-Tillman had a talk with Illinois assistant coach Mike Gillhamer which resulted in the 6-7, 280-pound prospect's second offer.
"We talk periodically, and I was just telling him how it was going," Tuley-Tillman said. "Before we hung up, he told me that they were offering a full scholarship and asked me if I wanted to commit. I told him I would have to wait and talk to my mom about it."
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The offer from Illinois was particularly interesting to Tuley-Tillman because the in-state school was one he grew up cheering for.
"Ever since I was smaller, all I wanted to do was play for Illinois," Tuley-Tillman said. "But I am going to be smart about it and consider all my options before making a decision."
Part of Tuley-Tillman's evaluation process will be making visits to schools this fall and throughout the off-season. On Saturday he was in Ann Arbor to see Michigan play host to Nebraska.
"I wanted to get an outlook on it from a recruit's perspective, so I was walking around and getting a feel for everything," Tuley-Tillman said. "I noticed all the pageantry that comes with college football, and then just the pride and history that is present in all of Michigan football."
Tuley-Tillman had some contact with Michigan prior to Saturday's visit, but was unsure of what to expect when he arrived in Ann Arbor.
"I didn't think they knew about me, but they were on me heavy when I was there," he said. "I actually talked a lot with two of the coaches. The one I talked with the most and built a strong relationship with was Darrell Funk, the offensive line coach. We were talking about the recruiting process and how it's going for me now. He's going to be coming down here to my city, and I'll have film to him tonight."
Tuley-Tillman is interested to hear Michigan's reaction to his film, and will not have to wait long to find out their early impressions.
"I'm going back up there this Saturday," Tuley-Tillman said. "I hope to pick up an offer, then be able to evaluate my decisions throughout the summer."
Tuley-Tillman had originally planned to attend Nebraska's home contest with Iowa this coming Friday, but it conflicted with his Thanksgiving plans. He does expect to make unofficial visits to Arkansas, Tennessee, Boise State and Nebraska this off-season.