Michigan commit lights an Ohio State recruiting letter on fire, then gets death threats
Michigan commit Logan Tuley-Tillman, a four-star offensive lineman from Peoria, Ill., wanted to make sure there was no misconception about his allegiance to coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.
So, when he received a letter from rival Ohio State, he did the most Michigan thing ever and decided to light it on fire and post the photo on Twitter. Of course, this has made Tuley-Tillman a hero to Michigan fans and a villain for those who support the Buckeyes.
Tuley-Tillman told Yahoo! Sports that ever since he posted the photo, Ohio State fans have become unruly.
"There have been a couple death threats," Tuley-Tillman said. "And they've been sending my mom messages on Facebook. I just told her you can't listen to it because it's one of the biggest rivalries in sports."
And that rivalry aspect is the main reason Tuley-Tilllman chose Michigan. He has family in the state, which started his love affair with the Wolverines. He also idolizes former Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long, something that also led him to make his pledge to Michigan back in February.
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However, Tuley-Tillman was open to other schools -- including Ohio State -- after his Michigan commitment and even participated in a Nike camp in Columbus, Ohio. However, he said his experience with Ohio State fans while in Columbus soured him on the school and the city.
"I was up there and the fans were cussing me out and they were saying '[expletive] you' and stuff like that while I was walking through the mall," said Tuley-Tillman, who admits he was wearing a Michigan hat. "It wasn't like in my face. They were like saying things and then would power walk away. One of them actually threw something at me, but it didn't hit me. So, that's how it started."
Ohio State has continued to recruit Tuley-Tillman despite his commitment to Michigan and even visited him at home to try and change his mind.
"They came to my house and they offered when I committed to Michigan," Tuley-Tillman said. "There was just something about them. They're a good school, I just really hate the whole state of Ohio. I just can't wait to get a chance to play them."
When he received the now-famous (and burnt) letter from Ohio State, he didn't even bother opening it. He was upset the Buckeyes were trying to lure fellow Michigan commit Mike McCray away, so to show his loyalty to the Wolverines, he decided to light the letter on fire.
"It kind of felt like they were trying to break us up," Tuley-Tillman said of Ohio State's offer to McCray. "It was just one of those things like, 'Really?'"
Tuley-Tillman was being courted by nearly every major school in the country, including six other Big Ten schools, according to Rivals.com. He's even thinking of moving to Michigan to play his senior year of high school. He's already become close with quarterbacking recruit Shane Morris and fellow offensive line recruit Pat Kugler and has no plans to waver from his commitment.
"I'm all blue all the way," Tuley-Tilman said. "I have no chance of switching to any school, especially not Ohio."
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