Peoria Manual junior offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman didn't know what to think about Illinois football after the coaching change, but Illini coach Tim Beckman must have made a good impression Sunday.

CHAMPAIGN -- Peoria Manual junior offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman didn't know what to think about Illinois football after the coaching change, but Illini coach Tim Beckman must have made a good impression Sunday.

During Logan's unofficial visit to campus and the Illinois-Wisconsin basketball game, Beckman sat next to the 6-foot-7, 302-pound Tuley-Tillman.

"I'm not going to lie,'' Tuley-Tillman said. "I was unsure about them. Now I got to know the coaches. They'll really be a contender.''

That's big news from a kid who has offers from the who's who of college football. While Tuley-Tillman admitted Michigan is the leader, his recruiting is "wide open,'' he said.

According to Tuley-Tillman, he has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama, Wisconsin, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma State, just to name a few on a growing list that already has 21 schools. His scholarship offer from Illinois is one he'll consider seriously, he said.

"I love the new things, the whole new coaching staff,'' he said. "I got down there and got to meet all of them. Coach Beckman sat by the almost the whole game.''

Tuley-Tillman also likes Illini offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who has experience as an assistant in the NFL.

"He's proven,'' he said. "He's successful. He knows what he's talking about. Just being around somebody like him can catapult you in the future.''

Tuley-Tillman planned to take five official visits after his senior season, he said, and may not announce a commitment until the All-American game next winter.

The unofficial visit was his fourth to the Illinois campus. Tuley-Tillman sat next to Peoria Manual senior guard A.J. Riley, a basketball recruit, so he knew people in the house. But the recruiting doesn't stop. Tuley-Tillman has a visit this weekend at Alabama, he said.

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