February 6, 2012
Underrated: Jontrey Tillman
The Houston Cougars finished a furious rally on the 2012 recruiting season landing one of the best signing classes the Cougars have had in quite some time. The Cougars signed 24 recruits including 23 high school seniors and one junior college transfer.
Among those signed include a four-star wide receiver, and several talented three-star prospects. But one of the most coveted signees might be a little underrated.
Baldwin (LA) West St. Mary athlete Jontrey Tillman who is only rated a two-star prospect by Rivals was highly sought after and at one time was a Stanford commit. Tillman elected to sign with Houston over schools like Stanford, Kansas, Colorado, Northwestern and Washington State to name a few.
The Cougars were always interested in Tillman, but the intensity of their pursuit picked up as signing day neared.
"I heard a little bit from Houston in the beginning of the process but not much," the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete told CougarsDen. "I committed to Stanford early and after that things kind of slowed down a little bit."
Committing to Stanford, academics were very important in Tillman's selection process. Tillman not only has a 4.0 grade point average but also scored a 26 on his ACT. The Academics at Houston played a key part in him signing with Houston.
"I heard Houston was a very good school to go to for academics," the speedy athlete said. "Education was definitely a factor in my decision. I plan on majoring in either mechanical engineering or architecture."
Tillman was one of the most sought after two-stars in the nation and seems to be somewhat underrated, even in his own eyes.
"I do feel I was a bit underrated," the Houston signee said. "I do know the stars mean something, but once you get to college, they don't mean anything."
One thing that didn't hurt Houston in their pursuit of Tillman was his relationship with Trevon Stewart who was a solid commitment to Houston.
"I think our signing class is really good," Tillman said. "Trevon (Stewart) and I have known each other for a long time, since we were about nine years old. We've always played against each other both football and basketball and just became friends over time and I'm happy we're going to be on the same team for once."
Listed as an athlete, Tillman is expected to come in and compete at running back. One of the most underrated signees of the 2012 class, Jontrey Tillman is a name that Houston fans could soon come to know.
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