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Posted on Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 9:15 p.m.

They did it again: Michigan hauls in 8th football recruit of weekend, 4th OL in Logan Tuley-Tillman

By Kyle Meinke

At this rate, the Michigan football team will have picked up yet another recruit by the time you've finished reading this story.

It's been that kind of weekend.

Four-star offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman became the latest player to give a non-binding verbal commitment to the Wolverines for 2013, announcing his decision via Twitter Sunday evening. The Peoria, Ill., native is the eighth prospect to join the class since Saturday afternoon, and 11th overall.

"Officialy a Wolverine & better yet a Michigan Man," Tuley-Tillman tweeted.

His pledge was the second of the day for the Wolverines, coming almost two hours after Ohio tight end Jake Butt joined the class.

The unprecedented nature of this blast of commitments has been well-documented during the weekend, but a couple numbers deserve updating:

  • The Wolverines now have 11 commitments for 2013. They can take approximately 18 players in the class, which means they are more than half done with 11 months remaining until signing day.
  • The next-closest team in the Big Ten is Ohio State at four commitments. Michigan State, the Wolverines' biggest rival for in-state talent, has two.
  • Last year at this time, Michigan had no commitments.
  • Ten of Michigan's 11 commits are ranked among Rivals' Top 200. For comparison, Alabama's top-ranked 2012 class finished with 14.

Tuley-Tillman is the fourth offensive lineman to commit this weekend, matching Michigan's total from the entire 2012 cycle. The Wolverines certainly won't be feeling the effects of missing out on blue-chippers Jordan Diamond and Josh Garnett for long.

Michigan's offensive line class for 2012 finished No. 3 in the country, according to Rivals. This one is poised to finish even higher, and might even be able to do so if it were to stand pat.

Unlike his 2013 classmates, Tuley-Tillman projects as a pure tackle because of his rangy 6-foot-7, 280-pound build. Kyle Bosch, David Dawson and Chris Fox are more guard-types, based off their current measureables.

Tuley-Tillman had an impressive offer sheet, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State and Ohio State, among a host of others.

He is the third player in two days to pick Michigan over Ohio State. Detroit Catholic Central fullback/defensive lineman Wyatt Shallman and Fox also held an offer from the Buckeyes.

Scout's Allen Trieu said he expects Michigan to take at least one more offensive lineman.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.

In a post commitment interview with Logan over on rivals they asked him what it was about Michigan that set it apart from his other options. Below is his response: "There's just one quote that really summarizes all of it: 'This is Michigan.' It's the pageantry, the history, and all the success they've had," Tuley-Tillman said. "There's a lot of people that can try to compete against it, but nobody can come close to it." This gave me chills! The future is looking very very good. Brady Hoke and staff are second to none in my humble opinion. Go Blue!


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

LOL. How would you know when I began supporting Hoke? It's ok if you can't admit that your an Urban Meyer fanatic. In fact you don't have to because it's transparent in your postings. Hoke has had my support since day 1 and he only continues to impress. Sit back and enjoy it. Unless of course u'd rather tune into the happenings in Columbus where your boy is driving the ship.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

@GoBigBlue Look Bigblue, There was noone as much a Michigan Man myself. You and a few others on this blog are "johny come latelys" when it has come to supporting Hoke. I've been with him all the way. Let me just say that YOU are not a Michigan Man ! Especially when it comes to you denying your true feelings. At least I am honest about them. Sad that in this day and age you have such phobias.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 3:43 a.m.

Oh Teddy, it's the Urba-lust that does that to you. Let's be honest.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 11:22 p.m.

it turns me on big time too.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 2:59 a.m.

Back when we hired Coach Hoke, I said on these pages that he'd be a good X's and O's coach, but I wasn't convinced he'd be able to recruit well enough to really bring the program back. Well, if the 2012 class wasn't enough to make me eat my words, then what Coach Hoke and staff have brewing up for 2013 certainly serves up a heaping helping of humble pie. And I will gladly chow down. Coach Hoke is the real deal on and off the field. He's going to do great things at Michigan.

Terry Star21

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.

In all my years, I can not remember this type of committing to Michigan football. All this committing and all these athletes ratings (10-4 star, 1-3 star I believe) is great - but the real difference is that attraction to Michigan football by these kids, their parents, coaches. Five, Four or Three stars really won't matter as our proven coaching staff will educate and train these kids to their highest output capacity. The commitments and recruiting progress Hoke has made have really frightened the competition up north and especially ohio, as it appears ohio has fallen to the disturbing practice of fabricating comparison signs of fabrication between the two schools.'s Christmas every day for Michigan football


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

Urban has rock star status right now but that won't last long. The players will find out what a fake and a fraud he is. I give him a year before reality sets in and the players who want National recognition will be picking the University of Michigan over ohio. The only time the ohio players will play in front of 115,000 people will be when they come to Michigan to get beat upon. I know you bucknuts fans don't want to hear this but wait and see. Ohio will have a new coach within 4 years. The beatings will continue and the ohio fans will be in therapy for depression.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 11:25 p.m.

2 NCs. Yeah, you'er right. Iit's all hype

Terry Star21

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

Look for a 'Fire Urban' facebook page as early as this December....

Bruce Kennedy

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:39 p.m.

All this talk about "stars", five stars, four stars, three stars. I'm not trying to denegrate this rating system, but I'm more interested in players suited to play in Hoke's system. That doesn't mean I don't want them to be talented, but I'm just as concerned about their desire and dedication to be the best they can be, you know the intangibles. How many stars did Kovacks have coming out of high school? Oh wait, he was a walk on, wasn't he. And what about William Campbell? Didn't he rank high coming out of high school? Now I realize Michigan is still hoping for good things from Campbell, but so far he has been somewhat of a disappointment. Look my point is I realize the odds of a talented player are greater of having success, but a less gifted player with tremendous amount of desire to excell will usually do better than a talented player that has no desire at all. And this is where the ranking systems fall woefully short. This is also where coaching makes a difference. Where a coaching staff motivates a team to excell in it's efforts to become the very best it can be. The final piece to this puzzle is, as everyone knows, that in addition to the stars a team posseses it must have role players, they may not be the most talented players but they know their job and do it extremely well. So while I am as happy as everyone else about the recruiting job Brady has done it remains to be seen how these recruits fit the Michigan system. I remember the disappoint among Michigan fans when they lost out on Terrell Pryor, how did that all work out? You know I don't recall much hype about Denard out of Florida, in fact Michigan used him as a running back first, so go figure. Finally I love the preceived philosophy Hoke is using, building a team from the trenches out. And while my opinon doesn't mean a hill of beans I believe in Hoke's philosophy. Really my opinon does not mean jack sh*t, it just makes me feel more comfortable with the way Michigan is going.

Terry Star21

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:55 p.m.

No, I think you have made some points and RudeJude is correct also - doesn't matter a whole lot about ratings considering the coaches we have....they will be 5+ stars.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 8 p.m.

Without a doubt, and how are we able to fairly rate the hundreds (maybe thousands?) of kids that are being recruited. I think the rankings generally measure the tangibles, speed, weight, strength, etc., but it doesn't measure work ethic, discipline, morals, etc. I'm guessing Hoke sees the intangibles in these guys as much as he sees the measurable tangibles. Also, Michigan has also made it clear that they don't want a commitment until you are committed. I'm hoping this year's class proves that they understand and respect that facet of Michigan football. We will see in the coming months if these guy are truly commited to Michigan. Go Blue!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Anybody know much about this rating system? My question is, how set in concrete are the ratings? Since a 2013 recruit has one more year left in high school, can his rating climb or fall with a bad year? I wonder this because I recall reading a basketball recruit went from a 5 star to a 4 star. Do the ratings have anything to do with the caliber of their opposition? I really do not put much into these rankings because these guys are still growing and their final potential is probably better determined on the quality of the coaching once at school and how they adapt. But it sure draws a lot of news.

Terry Star21

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 12:16 a.m.

You are right Mick about putting too much stock in ratings, and yes they can fall. Ratings are based on how much each athlete is recruited. As an example look at our recruit Drake Johnson who had the stats but somehow was off the radar to the big schools leaving him a 3 star. Had 8-10 more big time schools been interested and recruited him - he would be a 5 star.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:04 p.m.

The difference that we are seeing here vs. previous years is that Hoke is locking up guys that have Michigan as favorites early instead of letting them sit around and get nabbed by other programs. So look for Laquon Treadwell to verbally commit here soon. This also creates a lot of buzz with other high caliber prospects that have some interest in Michigan. Once you start to get highly rated recruits going to one place they typically attract other high caliber players because they want to play together! Here is the focus of Hoke that I see. 1) Get all the guys that have Michigan as their favorite committed right away and keep them coming every weekend to games and events as unofficial visits! 2) Once these guys are done you dont have to spend time going to their homes trying to get them to commit and you can go to other prospects that have Michigan in the middle of the pack and focus more on getting them to commit. 3) This keeps Michigan from having a scenario like little bro had this year, a junk recruiting class with only 4 guys that have solid talent. Michigan in the 2013 class now has 7 espn 150 verbals and LT-T will probably jump into the mix by the end of it as well! Go Blue!!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

Michigan has committed 5% of Rivals Top-200!


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

Yeah, but all these guys stink according to some.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

Or I guess should say 5% of Rivals Top-200 has committed to Michigan, lol.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

Urban is hating Thad and the buckeyed hoops team right now!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:02 p.m.

Let's give some credit to the UM hoops team and the fans for making it so eventful for most of those verbal commits this past wkd.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:58 p.m.

Gotta respect his liner: "Officialy a Wolverine & better yet a Michigan Man," D21 at 8:45 AM on February 20, 2012 Hoke's latest recruits are already dannerproofed, urbanproofed and even sabanproofed with more to come. Hmm, at this rate, Michigan needs to field other teams in the SEC, Big 12, PAC12 to teach them what the Michigan Man is all about.

Terry Star21

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.

That's cool, maybe another motto like 'This Is Michigan'...

Ted Bundy

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:49 p.m.

Now we just need Ethan Pocic(OT), Ty Isaac(RB), and Laquan Treadwell(WR) and we will have completely raided the top 5 players in the state of Illinois. The these remaining three guys are elite studs. Pocic might be better than LTT, Fox and Bosch.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 2:50 a.m.

Isn't it obvious? Go Suckeyes!

Terry Star21

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 1:34 a.m.

rightmind...tell us your story, we don't mind your posts, but who is your team, who you do support ? Just curious......


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

You got me there.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

That's the worst you have, rightmind? "You will probably have to wait until next January," really?


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

He is. You will probably have to wait until next January to see where he plays.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:27 p.m.

I dont see why coach Dantonio will pull his hair. These players are probably not the one State needs. Only two of them got offers from MSU. I think these kids are loking for a team they can play right away. Michigan to me is like open house without owner. Whoever get in first will get what is available.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 3:57 a.m.

Reading this comment made me sad in a way... The denial is now just turning into delirium, as the Sparty faithful knows that with Hoke at UM and Meyer at OSU their team is going to fall back into irrelevance. You are on a good run, and own the state for now, but that will end this year and the state will be back to its rightful owner.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 2:49 a.m.

This is like Kevin Bacon in Animal House screaming "All is well!" in the middle of the riot! Hillarious!

Terry Star21

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:52 p.m.

This is funny, very funny....LOL


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:05 p.m.

Actually I feel kind a bad for Dantonio and State. The tide is turning and there is little he can do about it. He may as well adapt the spread because helmet to helmet he'll be at a disadvantage from 2013 going forward.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

An open house without owner, indeed...letting in all those pesky four-star kids with scholarship offers from lousy schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Tennesse, Ohio State , Texas A&M, among others.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

Danner will have his hands full knowing Hoke and Urban will render him irrelevant within a few years from now so he is busily updating his resume right now.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

Great teams are built around great offensive and defensive lines. And that's exactly what Michigan has been building for the future with the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes. I agree that we probably need one more OL in this class, and a center is a huge need if one of these guys can't be turned into one. But now, the coaches need to get a couple big-time defensive tackles and find some great skill players - a workhorse running back and several fast wide receivers. I disagree with the article on the number of total spots this class will have. With some of the transfers and a couple spots in the 2012 class unfilled, the minimum I'd see us taking is 20, with as much as 22 players. Also, Fox will probably be tackle not guard.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:15 p.m.

From the court to the field, awesome weekend Blue!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

And to the ice rink, too! Let's not forget our a-maize-ing hockey team is ranked #5 in the country, and possibly higher once the next rankings come out!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 12:22 p.m.

"...& better yet a Michigan Man" He gets it.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

Right on dude!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 12:16 p.m.

What is more impressive is the fact that many of these recruits have been courted by a long list of elite football programs, such as Tuley-Tillman. The other is the early commitment. These young men obviously have this strong gut feeling that they have seen enough and have chosen early to come and wear the Maize and Blue, Winged Helmet and be a part of a coaching staff that will develop and nurter them as student athletes. Kudos to the hard work and early success of Brady Hoke and staff.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:41 a.m.

I suspect Michigan will finish with 20, 21, or 22 recruits instead of 18. Some 5th year guys do not come back, injuries may end careers, and players not happy with playing time may transfer. Way to go Michigan. GO BLUE!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:09 p.m.

Correct, expect a few de-commits and transfers each season but Hoke is espousing flexibility to the right recruits that they may switch to other positions...for example with this incoming glut of OL and some of them may become DL etc.,. Hoke's main recruiting pitch to the recruits is, "Do you want to become a Michigan Man?" GO BLUE!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:14 a.m.

This is down right amazing... So much for "Urban Meyer is gonna build a fence around ohio!!!!" Hoke and Co are building this team from the trenches out, a welcomed change after the previous years. Now we just need some good athletes on the outside and the 2013 class will be set. I cannot believe this has all been accomplished before March. What a fantastic hire Hoke turned out to be. GO BLUE


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 11:09 a.m.

Rightmind, try doing a little research before getting on here and blabbering away. 10 4 star top 200 recruits according to rivals and 1 3 star TE in Hill. Just the facts. Does this help??


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 3:48 a.m.

I did not say Hoke got the 2 top players or something. Im saying that all of this empty talk of Urban taking everything he wants out of Ohio, and nobody will have a chance to recruit there is silly. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever happened before, and theres still OSU slappys saying things like "those werent real OSU commits." Gimme a break. That is just straight up denial my friend. Im sure OSU will finish with a strong class, but UM is going to remain at the top as well with this staff in town. Better get used to it. I have some sympathy for you Ohio fans though... with all of the smack about Hoke being a 2nd or 3rd rate coach, then watching him beat your buckeyes, then finish right next to OSU in 2012 recruiting, and then have what could be the best weekend of recruiting ever. I can feel the pressure mounting on Urban's fragile mind... Hopefully he makes it more than a year or two before he needs some more "family time."


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:36 p.m.

I guess you will have to follow the postings a little closer. I wasn't saying that they were not good recruits, so don't get your panties in a bunch. I said he has a 3-star and one guy with no rating. For the record that's 8 for stars, 1 3 star , 1 NR. Does that help you a little? The comment was Hoke was getting the top players in Ohio. Wrong, the top 2 are 5-stars, both committed to OSU. Just the facts, girls.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

Hahaha! Rightmind your to much. If 10 4 star top200 recruits are scraps, I'd love to see what you beleive to be the main course. Remember there are only about 20 total 5 stars given out. What do you think, Urbans gonna get 15 of them or something? Wake up dude. It's ok to admit Michigan is killing it right now. I'm not to proud to admit that OSUs class will be very good by years end.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:05 p.m.

wrongmind250, U better notify your newest idol, Urban Blight, and Gordon Gee to relocate O-H-i-O to the SEC soon.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

LTT, sorry just had my coffee.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:55 p.m.

TLL is a great pick up for Hoke. The only two guys on UM's 2013 list OSU gave &quot;real&quot; offers to are TLL and Damonte, and they are still recruiting Damonte. The Ohio guys you talk about are all plan &quot;C&quot; guys or not even offered. OSU's 2013 list is below. Michigan is still getting the scraps with an occasional hit (TLL &amp;Damonte). <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:37 p.m.

Urban who?

Steve McQueen

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:11 a.m.

Over the next 10 months...same thing will happen that happened this year, M will have a great class that is pretty much full and it will drop from 1st nationally ranked to number 4 or 5 simply because other schools started filling up their classes, and M's committed players wont be the 'hot names' still left on the board... but who cares about rankings...these are TOP notch players that Coach Hoke is bringing in.... poor Dantonio must be pulling whats left of his hair out after today

Terry Star21

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

This is so true, but if my calculation is correct - 10 are4 stars and 1 is a 3 star. But a four star going to Michigan, soon after arrival becomes a 5 star +.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

Chances are that several of these recruits will be five-stars before all is said and done, including Shane Morris, who some predict will even be the #1 QB by February 2013. All but one of the recruits is in Rival's Top-200, several are among the Top-100, with a year to improve. Now Michigan can entice some elite receivers and running backs to come aboard with a well-stocked, elite offensive line to work for them. Considering this may be a small recruiting class (estimated at 18 if no one on the current roster leaves the team), with only a handful of scholarships now available, Hoke and Co. can really focus on a few elite players and give them the attention they want. Does it get any better in February? Go Blue!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

&quot;With the group they are sighning, they will be lucky to be in the top 10. How many 5 stars?&quot; Discussing our 2013 recruiting class in February of 2012, currently made up of all juniors. lol. I'm sorry Michigan hasn't found any five-stars for you yet, as I know how late we are to this whole recruiting party.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

rightmind Michigan has 1 3 star and the rest are 4 star top 250 recruits.If hoke and company are o.k. with it so am I.Go Blue!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:16 p.m.

I agree with you on MSU. Wiscy, PSU and MSU are going to have to recruit better nationally or they are going to be competeing with Purdue and Indi for the scraps.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

With the group they are sighning, they will be lucky to be in the top 10. How many 5 stars? They are sighning a few 3's and a tight end with no rating.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 5:45 a.m.

From &quot;impressive&quot; to &quot;incredible&quot; in about 1 day - that's what we're talkin' about!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 4:13 a.m.

Tremendous. Now maybe a top running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive tackle. then Hoke and company can take a well deserved vacation. Give the last 3 scholarship to whichever guys are the best athletes and football players Go Blue..

Mark Hoeltzel

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:37 a.m.

Someone get on the phone and call Ty Isaac and tell him about the offensive line that will be blocking for him when he decides to become a Michigan man. Incredible.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:37 a.m.

MICHIGAN may have a secret behind the scenes recruiter? keep it up SHANE MORRIS!! GO BLUE!!!!!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:29 a.m.

Go Freakin' Blue!!!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

Bring the pain! Foundation of any successful program starts along the LOS. Michigan stocking up. Future looking very bright. Is it really only February? Go Blue!


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 1:28 p.m.

Agree completely. The downside (and it's a good thing) is that the 11 1/2 months until the next signing day won't be nearly as exciting with all these commitments now!

Blue Marker

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 2:58 a.m.

&quot;He is the third player in two days to pick Michigan over Ohio State. Detroit Catholic Central fullback/defensive lineman Wyatt Shallman and Fox also held an offer from the Buckeyes.&quot; After some rough years things are really going the way of the Maize and Blue!

Steve McQueen

Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:12 a.m.

Ohio people will spin it as if they didnt want these kids... lol