The big offensive lineman is still going to get a head start, but not as much of one as he originally hoped.
"Lee finally got all of the details worked out for his early graduation, but it took longer than expected," says Jeremy Beckham, who coached the 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle, who announced his decision to sign with the Tigers on Nov. 21.
"He really wanted to get to Auburn in time for spring training," Beckham says. "Instead he is going to wait to come to Auburn in May and start classes for the first summer session."
Tilley was actually packed and ready to get in the car and make the drive to Auburn, but a series of delays at the local school district level kept pushing back his expected arrival date at AU.
"Even though he could come on down now and enroll, his mother decided the best thing would be for him to wait because he had missed so many class dates," the coach adds. "Lee is disappointed because he really wanted to go through spring training. He is finished with high school now so he is going to work out and he might take some classes at a community college."
Tilley will sign scholarship papers to play for the Tigers on Feb. 1st. He took his official visit to Auburn in November and watched the Tigers defeat Alabama at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He also made an unofficial visit to the AU campus over the summer as part of a tour of campuses when he was working on a list of colleges he would visit.