Bo Tillman has been a few places and done a few things. The former Ole Miss commitment signed with…
The Tillman Chronicles
Bo Tillman profile Bo burst on to the scene as an underclassmen at Franklin County when college recruiters began pursuing older brother Marcus as a member of the class of 2006. Marcus originally pledged his allegiance to the bayou bengals of LSU, before electing to sign on with Ole Miss and new Rebel boss Ed Orgeron. During a signing day press event, Orgeron choked back tears as he explained what a heavy price Marcus paid in order to be a Rebel. Flash forward to the class of 2008 and most observers already had Bo penciled in as the next Dandy Dozen selection from Meadville, Mississippi on his way to Ole Miss. A funny thing happened on the way to signing day. Coach Orgeron and his staff were terminated after failing to win a conference game during the 2007 season. Tillman's area recruiting coach, Tony Hughes, landed at Southern Miss where the veteran recruiter continued his pursuit of signing the decorated defensive lineman. After a whirlwind courtship, Bo elected to sign on with the Golden Eagles rather than following in his brother's footsteps to Ole Miss. Instead of relocating to Hattiesburg, Tillman failed to meet NCAA entrance requirements for freshman. Mississippi Elite Christian Academy ended up being Bo's fall destination in lieu of enrolling at junior college. Despite Bo's best efforts, he was not able to pass the scrutiny of the NCAA clearinghouse once his time at MECA was complete. Tillman had an on again off again flirtation with Ole Miss once again before enrolling at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. With a season of Junior College ball under his belt, Bo has now emerged once again as a viable prospect who will have a few options to consider. "I have heard from a lot of schools, but I don't have any offers yet," said Tillman on Saturday evening. "I have talked with Southern Miss, (Mississippi) State and Ole Miss. They all tell me that are going to be recruiting me." With his massive frame, defensive coordinators have some options to consider when shuffling Bo into their D line rotation. "I want to play outside," said Bo. "I want to go to a good program where I can get on the field and make plays." It would be reasonable to assume that Ole Miss or Southern Miss may have a leg up on the competition because of each program's long standing relationship with the talented Tillman. According to Bo people might want to be careful about making those assumptions. "Ole Miss is just like everybody else now," said Tillman. "They are recruiting me, but I am open to everybody. "Right now Mississippi State is probably on me the most. They are calling a lot." The final round of the recruiting process is just getting underway for the Co-Lin standout and so far he has not spent much time away from the Wesson campus. "I haven't taken any visits yet," said Bo. "I haven't been anywhere, but I am going to take some trips. "Southern Miss has something going on the 29th and I am going over there for that, but that's all for right now."
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