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Florida adds in-state S/OLB Marcus Tillman Jr. to 2019 class

Marcus Tillman Jr. Jim McElwain

Florida has landed yet another commitment in its 2019 recruiting class.

Safety/outside linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr., who publicly announced his decision on Twitter, made his commitment to the Gators while meeting with their coach, Jim McElwain, at the Jim McElwain Football Camp in Gainesville on Wednesday.

“Born a Gator, Raised a Gator, going to be a Florida Gator ‼️Committed,” Tillman wrote on Twitter.

Tillman told the Orlando Sentinel that Florida was his “dream school” after he decided there was no need to hold off any longer on committing after speaking with McElwain, who celebrated the news of his commitment on Twitter and retweeted Tillman’s tweet.

In his Twitter announcement, Tillman, an Orlando native, shared three photos, including one of himself with former Florida coach Urban Meyer on the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in 2007.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Tillman, who also has offers from Kentucky, Ohio State and Ole Miss, received his Florida offer on April 18.

With his commitment, Florida now has nine in its 2019 recruiting class, which 247Sports ranks No. 1 in the nation. The Gators most recently picked up a commitment in the class from three-star offensive tackle Andrew Coker last week.

Tillman currently is unranked by 247Sports and has no star ranking, though it’s likely that will change at some point.

Tillman, on his 247Sports biography page, is listed as a safety; on 247Sports’ 2019 Florida commitments list, he is listed as an outside linebacker.

Last season, Tillman had 58 tackles, one interception, one sack and two fumble recoveries – one of which was returned for a touchdown – for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. He has since transferred to Jones High School, which also is in Orlando.

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