NCF Nation: Logan Tuley-Tillman

First, we had Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman setting fire to his Ohio State recruiting letter and putting the picture on Twitter.

Then Tuley-Tillman received death threats for his gesture.

Then an Ohio State fan named Harrison Watson tweeted that he'd pay $2,000 to "whoever sidelines this kid permanently."

Now, Watson has apologized for that tweet and says he'll donate $2,000 to Michigan to make up for it.

Anyone still doubting the intensity of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry?

Watson, a 22-year-old Buckeyes fan, wrote on his personal website that he meant his Twitter bounty offer as a joke before realizing his remarks were "regrettable and reprehensible."
"I ask for all of you to please excuse my remarks, and more importantly I ask for the forgiveness of Logan Tuley-Tillman," Watson wrote. "Best of luck to you in your endeavors in the classroom and on the football field.

"As a token of my deepest regrets in this situation – I will be making a $2000.00 donation to the University of Michigan to be used towards increasing the already spectacular educational programs that they possess. I hope that this donation will help to ease the pain of my unfortunate remarks. Thank you. I welcome suggestions from the University of Michigan family for which program to direct my donation towards."

This whole story has gotten out of hand, especially with the death threats against a high school rising senior. Watson's comment was irresponsible, but it's not the worst social media behavior by an Ohio State fan we've seen this spring.

I love the rivalry and how it sizzles 365 days a year. But, remember, think before you Tweet, especially if the topic is about something which you cannot be rational. Or it might just cost you a couple thousand bucks.
Urban Meyer had great success in changing some recruits' minds and getting them to commit to Ohio State last winter.

But Michigan commit Logan Tuley-Tillman does not appear willing to listen to any overtures from the Buckeyes. The offensive tackle set fire to a recruiting letter he'd received from Ohio State and tweeted this picture of the correspondence in flames. He used the hash tags #goblue and #beatohio along with his picture.

Tuley-Tillman is a 6-foot-7 tackle who is an ESPN 150 prospect. He is ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com

Another Michigan committed recruit, linebacker Mike McCray II, reportedly received an offer from Ohio State. That's interesting because his father was a Buckeyes linebacker and captain. But McCray -- who's from Trotwood, Ohio -- appears to be solid in his commitment to the Wolverines and tweeted that he had no interest in Ohio State's offer.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has not not had any committed players flip to Meyer yet. It seems like a safe bet that Tuley-Tillman won't be the first.

The 2013 ESPN 150 -- our list of the top high school rising seniors in the country (now with less U!) -- was unveiled this afternoon. And the Big Ten's hand prints are all over the list, which you can find in its entirety here. (You can read more about the class, including spotlights on Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg and Ohio State recruit Cam Burrows, here).

Twenty players from the list have already committed to Big Ten schools. So of the 77 players who have committed, the Big Ten claims more than a quarter of them. The Big Ten only signed 12 players from the 2012 ESPN 150 list.

Michigan is responsible for the biggest portion of that haul. The Wolverines -- who have 17 total commitments for the '13 class -- boast 11 ESPN 150 prospects in their corner so far.

That's easily the most of any school in the country. Texas and Florida are next with seven ESPN 150 commits each, followed by Alabama and Georgia with six. Alabama had the top class in the country this year with 13 ESPN 150 signees. Michigan has a chance to compete for the top class ranking next year if this current group holds together and gets a few more notable additions. Brady Hoke and his staff have done an excellent job of locking up early pledges.

Ohio State is doing well, too. The Buckeyes currently have five ESPN 150 commits for Urban Meyer, including three in the top 55 of the list.

But the league school with the highest-ranked prospect so far is Penn State. Let's take a look at the players from the list who are currently committed to a Big Ten team:

No. 11: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

No. 12: Eli Woodard, CB, Ohio State

No. 21: Cam Burrows, CB, Ohio State

No. 37: Shane Morris, QB, Michigan

No. 39: Adam Breneman, TE, Penn State

No. 55: Jalin Marshall, ATH, Ohio State

No. 63: Gareon Conley, CB, Michigan

No. 75: Mike McCray II, OLB, Michigan

No. 92: David Dawson, OG, Michigan

No. 97: Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT, Michigan

No. 98: Dymonte Thomas, ATH, Michigan

No. 105: Chris Fox, OT, Michigan

No. 107: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

No. 112: Kyle Bosch, OG, Michigan

No. 113: Matt Alviti, QB, Northwestern

No. 115: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

No. 121: Patrick Kugler, OG, Michigan

No. 123: Greg Webb, DT, Penn State

No. 127: Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio State

No. 142: Evan Lisle, OT, Ohio State

Here is where we issue the requisite word of caution, as these are only verbal commitments and it's a long way until signing day next February. Things can change a lot between now and then, and star rankings do not always predict college success. But clearly the Big Ten is doing a good job competing for the nation's highest-ranked prospects during this recruiting cycle.

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