Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy 2015 offensive lineman Jerry Tillery should snare his…
Tillery wants a MD and a NFL career
"He told me, ‘If you want to be a NFL superstar, come to this school. If you want to be a doctor, go to Harvard,'" Tillery recalled.
Well, Tillery would like to do both. With a 3.8 GPA, Tillery will make academics the most important factor when deciding on a college in two years. He has aspirations of both playing in the NFL, and earning a medical degree.
"Since the eighth grade, I've never had a B on my transcript," Tillery said. "I like to keep my grades high… So I look for a school where I could possibly do both."
While his grades certainly point to a promising medical career, his football skillset makes it seem like a NFL career wouldn't be far-fetched either. A 6-foot-6, 315-pound sophomore, Tillery moves well for his size and is an early name to watch in Louisiana's 2015 class.
"I can be very aggressive and mean," said the soft-spoken Tillery. "I just think I can do very well."
Only a sophomore, the recruiting process has only just begun for Tillery. He's mostly only received information in the mail from a number of elite programs like Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia.
And the flagship university of his home-state has also taken notice. Tillery recently attended a spring practice at LSU, and already has a lot of interest in the Tigers.
"I do obviously," Tillery said. "They're one of the best teams in the country. I'm very familiar with them. I've always been a LSU fan. I really like them a lot."
It's too early for leaders, but with visits to both Alabama and LSU, he's got an early idea of what he likes from each program.
"I went to the [Alabama] Junior Day and that was a pretty good experience," Tillery said. "I hadn't looked into their pre-med program or anything like that, because that would be what I want to do in college. I do know that LSU has a pretty good medical school."
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