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Meet the Longhorns: Marcus Tillman Jr. expects early success at linebacker

Posted December 19th, 2018


Marcus Tillman Jr., outside linebacker, Jones (Fla.)

FYI: 6-1/220; 3 stars; No. 22-ranked outside linebacker

Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A


Committed: July 28

Scouting report: Tillman is a speedy linebacker who began his career at safety. He’s grown into a future outside linebacker with age and is now listed at 220 pounds. The Big 12 requires linebackers with speed, as does the system ran by Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.

Tillman checks those boxes. He’s a versatile defender who is comfortable in space, strong enough to stop the run and fast enough to blitz the quarterback. Texas wants linebackers who can play in all three facets of the game and Tillman impressed at the Stars at Night camp.

The new rule allowing players to compete in four games without losing a redshirt opportunity means players like Tillman can get a fast-track to the field. He can be used on special teams and in certain defensive packages early. If he’s not ready, he redshirts. If Tillman shows up on campus and makes an early impact in practice and during his game-day snaps, he’s a player who can make an early impact for the Longhorns. Texas lacks proven linebackers outside of Gary Johnson and he’ll be graduated by the time Tillman arrives on campus.

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2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25