February 29, 2012

From the film room: Logan Tuley-Tillman

During an eight-commitment barrage Feb. 18-19, four-star offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman was the last to commit but certainly not the least. The 6-7, 280-pound four-star had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and more ...

Our anonymous evaluator was an All-Big Ten first-team performer at Michigan during his career.

Strengths: Tillman is consistently giving great effort to finish his blocks with cruelty, which is a joy to watch. He stands 6-7 tall and uses his 280-plus pounds to punish defenders. He shows good quickness off the ball and gets into his block quickly on running plays. His foot drive is good and his hand placement is pretty good as well.

Tillman has really good body control for a player of his size and does a nice job of using proper angles to block the second level. On passing plays, he pops out of his stance well and shows good vision on the moving defender in front of him.

Areas of Improvement: Tillman has the luxury of using his size and strength to overpower the high school opponents he has faced thus far. He will need to continue to develop his footwork out of his stance to maintain an upfield or square-body position. The film shows Tillman's face over, and sometimes above, his opponents shoulder pads.

Playing against opponents that are much smaller make it difficult for a 6-7 player to get lower on his blocks. However, he will have to learn to play with his hips and shoulders lower to the ground. When he does, he will flip his opponents on their backs at the line of scrimmage instead of starting high and working them down the field for the dirt deposit.

College Projection: Offensive Tackle or Guard

Michigan Player Comparison - Jeff Backus (OT 1997-2000): Backus started four straight years at left tackle for Michigan and was part of one of the greatest offensive lines in U-M football history. Tillman can move like Backus and has the potential to develop his skills to play like him as well.

The Bottom Line: Tuley-Tillman joins an impressive group of young linemen that will be arriving at Schembechler Hall in the next two years. Like all the young linemen Michigan is bringing in, Tillman can take his game to the highest of levels if he continues to develop his technique to go along with his aggressive playing style. His footwork, hand punch, and hip level can, and will, improve as he gets stronger and works against better competition.

Michigan expects its lineman to be the smartest and most aggressive players on the field. Tillman fits those requirements and much more. He has another year of high school to develop his skills before stepping up to Big Ten competition. Tillman's future development will be exciting to watch and Michigan football fans will enjoy seeing this young player impose his will on opposing defenses.

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