Will VT Get Visit from Tilley?

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Virginia Tech is one of three schools vying for one of the final two official visit spots for 6-7, 300-pound offensive line recruit Lee Tilley . Tilley, a 4-star target who attends Franklin Heights High School (Columbus, OH), has already set three officials – one which took place this past weekend.

“He has not set them all,” Franklin Heights (Columbus, OH) coach Jeremy Beckham said. “He has set three so far. He went to Oklahoma this past weekend. He’s going to Arizona State this weekend and to LSU the following weekend. He’s going to set up two more – to either Virginia Tech, Florida or South Carolina.”

Coach Beckham commented on Tilley’s Oklahoma experience.

“It went real well,” Beckham said of the official visit. “Kevin Wilson, the offensive line coach, has been recruiting Lee. Lee really likes him and they have developed a good relationship. Coach Stoops spent a lot of time with Lee over the weekend.”

Asked if Tilley may not make the final two official visits, Beckham replied “There is a chance he may not. I’m betting that he does. He’s going to take at least four, I think. Once he gets to four, he may go ahead and say to heck with it if one team clearly sticks out over the others. It might depend on the timing.”

The timing issue Coach Beckham is referring to is the fact that Tilley wants to enroll in college in January of 2006. He transferred to Franklin Heights from Springfield South, and the transfer could present some problems in terms of Tilley trying to graduate early according to Beckham. Right now, the plan is for him still to graduate early.

When it comes time to make a decision, a few major factors will come into play.

“The relationship with his position coach,” Beckham said. “That coupled with playing time. Playing time is the thing he liked about Oklahoma. Oklahoma is not afraid to put freshmen out there. They talked about just getting him out there to get him experience. They mentioned playing offensive guard first to get him some experience. Some schools have talked about tackle only.

“But the relationship with his coach is big, and that’s something Tech has going for it. Bryan Stinespring is awesome. He’s a strong family man and that’s something that’s important to Lee. Former players of his have invited him to their weddings. To Lee, that’s a big deal. He wants to build a good relationship with his college coaches.”