Tilley Returns from Visits

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Springfield South (OH) offensive linemen Lee Tilley made a run of unofficial visits over the past week. The 6-5, 320-pound prospect made visits to Auburn, then Florida and Georgia, then Clemson and finished with Virginia Tech on July 27th. What did he think of the Tech experience?

“When I first got there, it was late at night and the hotel we stayed at is in a part of town that they don’t send recruits to,” Tilley said. “The hotel sign was punched and it looked like no one was there. I was thinking that there was no way I would go there if it was like what I saw that first night. I stayed around and the next day I had a chance to tour the campus. I saw the city area and was shown places to go and I was like this is really nice.

“I liked [Virginia Tech] a lot. The facilities were just as nice as the other schools. They sold me on their program. They win a lot and they are one of the top teams in the country. That’s why I stayed around to look.”

Tilley enjoyed meeting with Virginia Tech offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bryan Stinespring.

“I like the fact that he’s the offensive coordinator,” Tilley said. “And I like him as a person. He’s a real good guy.”

Tilley went on to say that “I really liked my visit and I feel Virginia Tech should be one of my top five schools in the end.”

But Virginia Tech isn’t there yet. The Hokies are competing with two other programs for Tilley’s fifth and final official visit spot.

“My official visits spots are down to one,” Tilley said. “I’ve already set Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia and Arizona State. I don’t have the exact dates right off the top of my head, but I’ll take them before my senior season ends. I hope to have this over with by the end of my season.

“I’m going to choose Virginia Tech, Florida or Auburn for my final visit.”

How did Tilley like Florida and Auburn?

“I liked Auburn a lot,” Tilley said. “They had good coaches. Then I went to Florida and stayed there a little longer. I thought it was pretty good.”

Tilley is hoping to have his decision completed before the end of his senior season because he wants to enroll early in college.

“A former teammate of mine did the same thing,” Tilley said. “His name is Luke Alexander. He graduated early last year and went to Bowling Green. He’s improved his 40 time to 4.4 and he’s really sticking in the coaches minds there.”

Tilley isn’t sure when he will decide his fifth and final