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Tuley-Tillman is a 6'7", 300 lb. lineman who projects to the left tackle position in college. As a junior in 2011, he recorded 61 pancake blocks.
ESPN: Unranked OT
Rivals: 4-star OT, #109 overall
Scout: Unranked OT
247 Sports: 4-star OT, 94 grade, #13 OT, #85 overall
Tuley-Tillman had originally planned to take all of his official visits. He essentially wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to travel and see the country. However, Michigan went on a bit of a run in the past couple days with commitments from three offensive lineman. The coaches probably want to take four or five linemen in this class, and if he had waited much longer, he might have been left out in the cold. Unfortunately, he won't be able to travel the country just yet if he wants to stay committed to Michigan (the coaches won't let kids travel elsewhere without considering them decommitted). On the plus side, if everything goes well, he'll get a chance to visit California, Florida, Arizona, or Louisiana when Michigan takes trips to BCS bowl games in the next few seasons.
It's analysis time, and here's where things get rough:
Logan Tuley-Tillman is not very good right now. He has size, athleticism, and potential galore. But every offensive line recruit Michigan picked up this weekend has better technique than him. Tuley-Tillman played for a 3-6 Manual team that emphasizes the run, and even his footwork in the running game is questionable. It looks like Tuley-Tillman has never had a day of quality offensive line coaching.
When he run blocks, he stands up too high. He picks his foot up and puts it right back down where it was. He crosses his feet at times. He keeps a narrow base. When he pass blocks, he doesn't give ground, which opens things up for speed rushes. And you can see during his Core 6 videos (here and here) that he doesn't know how to cancel the inside rush if those speed rushers try to make an inside move. He is a huge project at this time.
That's the bad stuff. Now for the good stuff:
Tuley-Tillman could be a very good blindside tackle in a few years. If he takes to the coaching at Michigan and learns footwork and technique, the sky is the limit. He's got skinny legs and a big butt, which makes him a prime candidate to carry added weight in his butt and upper body and turn into a 315 lb., mobile tackle. He also displays a nasty attitude about blocking that will serve him well when he figures out how to put it all together.
It's somewhat difficult for me to project Tuley-Tillman down the road. He has all kinds of potential, but it all depends on how quickly he figures it out. Less athletic guys than him have turned into multi-year starters in recent years (Perry Dorrestein, Mark Huyge, etc.). He could be a first round pick in 2018, or he could get frustrated and leave Michigan early. He loves the University of Michigan, which will hopefully keep him around through the tough times. But it's not going to be an easy road for him to adjust.