Jerome Tiller, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound three-star quarterback from Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas, says he has around nine scholarship offers, but denies a favorite.
"Right now I'm still totally open," said Tiller, ranked No. 82 in the Southwest by Scout.com. "I want to graduate and I'll be looking at the schools' grad rates and academics. That’s going to be important."
Although he denies a favorite, Tiller likes Texas A&M, Purdue, Stanford, Minnesota, Iowa State and Kansas. All of his favorites have offered as well as Rice and Illinois.
"I'd really like to go to a few camps this summer, but I'm not sure which ones yet," he said. "I plan to figure that out soon."
The first school to offer Tiller was A&M. "They offered me last year," Tiller said. "I like the coaches a lot. They are all pretty cool and laid-back. I also like how friendly the environment is and the way the fans support the team. It's just a great football town."
The Aggies are the only school that Tiller has actually visited and he hopes to take a few official visits early during the fall. "I want to decide by the early fall and hopefully I'll be able to visit a few schools before then."
One school that Tiller may visit is Stanford. "I've never been to California, but I've heard good things about them," he said. "I like the academics and it's a good school to get a degree from. They have like the best grad rate in the country. I'm gonna be sending them my grades and they are gonna let me know where I stand. I think I'm pretty close with them."
Tiller reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1300 SAT, which he plans to retake.
With offers from all over the country, Tiller says that distance won't be an issue. "It's nice that A&M is kind of close because that would be easy on my parents, but distance doesn't matter to me."
Purdue is another school which is some distance from Tiller that he's seriously looking at. "They love to throw the ball," he said. "They always have great quarterbacks and a really good offense."