PEORIA, Ill. - He likes to beat the odds.
That's why Logan Tuley-Tillman, a Michigan graduate from Peoria's south end, is trying to help others
do the same.
"Michigan is probably the No. 1 ranked university on the globe, by some sources," Tuley-Tillman said. "I was able to graduate in three years from Manual (Academy). It's proof if you decide to do it, you will and you can."
The Manual grad just wrapped up seven weeks of his football academy where he taught young football players the same skills that he hopes will land him a job in pro football next month. The 6-7, 300-pound offensive lineman is hoping to hear his name called during the NFL draft.
"He is easy to learn from. He communicates like any other coach would," said Pekin High School sophomore lineman Trey Harchenbach, who just finished the Tuley-Tillman Academy. "I'd say after he's done with his football career, he should be a coach."
Tuley-Tillman will work out before NFL scouts at the University of Akron's pro day Friday. He played at Michigan, Akron and UTEP.
"He's doing a great job. He's one of the best," said Farmington High School sophomore lineman Eric Wiedemann, another academy player. Teaches me a bunch of stuff. Taught me to correct my syance and everything."
Tuley-Tillman is launching a clothing line and a foundation called 'Failure Is Never Final.'
It's the motto he is sharing with his campers as he enters the final month before the NFL draft.
"It's not about what happens, it's how you react to it," Tuley-Tillman said. "Being able to be the person telling them they can do it. It means the world to me because there was someone there for me."
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