The Washington State Cougars may have found their next left tackle as Logan Tuley-Tillman, a graduate transfer from the University of Michigan, verbally committed on an official visit Saturday night.
The former four-star offensive tackle out of Peoria, Ill., will graduate from Michigan in June with two years of eligibility remaining. Due to his graduate status, Tuley-Tillman will be eligible to play immediately.
Washington State outside linebackers coach Roy Manning, who was on staff in Ann Arbor during Tuley-Tillman's tenure there, was his primary recruiter.
We're working to confirm whether he would count towards this recruiting class or next year's, as that has a big impact on the numbers moving forward. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman is the 27th player to verbally commit or sign with the Cougars this cycle.
Washington State beat out Houston, Ole Miss, Louisville, Texas Tech and several others for the touted tackle, who has been dealing with legal issues since being dismissed from the Michigan program last September.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, citing "conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student athlete," cut ties with Tuley-Tillman in early September stemming from three felonies charges for videotaping sex without consent and transferring it to an electronic device.
Tuley-Tillman's case is still ongoing with a pre-trail hearing scheduled for Feb. 8, though he was given permission to leave the state of Michigan for official visits. In addition to Washington State, Tuley-Tillman has visited Ole Miss.
This isn't the first time Washington State has recruited an athlete that faced serious charges as the Cougars also took a flyer on wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. last cycle. Bill Moos signed off on Martin's recruitment after reviewing the details of his case, and that's likely the same scenario here.
From a football perspective, Tuley-Tillman will immediately compete for playing time on the left side of the Cougars offensive line, which needs to fill two holes vacated by Joe Dahl and Gunnar Eklund due to graudation.
According to Rivals.com, Tuley-Tillman, who was ranked the No. 24 overall offensive tackle in the country out of the 2013 recruiting cycle, chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC and, most notably, Ohio State, whom he de-committed from while creating quite the social media stir.
Tuley-Tillman will still take the rest of his official visits, including a trip to Houston, whom he listed in his top two last week.