Jones 2019 safety Marcus Tillman commits to Gators

Orlando Jones 2019 safety Marcus Tillman has committed to the Florida Gators. (Chris Hays / Orlando Sentinel) When Marcus Tillman was on his way to Gainesville on Wednesday to participate in the Jim McElwain Football Camp with his Orlando Jones High teammates, he had no idea that he would soon be committed to the Florida Gators.

Once he was on campus, however, and after having a discussion with McElwain, the 2019 safety decided there was no reason to wait any longer, and he committed to what he called his "dream school."

“I went ahead and told Coach McElwain that I was committed and he gave me a big hug," Tillman said. "He was talking to me and my teammate 2020 wide receiver Dominick Hill, and he was talking about how he would like us to come and join the family.

"I figured I might as well go ahead and do it, why wait? And so I committed to my dream school, the University of Florida."

Tillman, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder who transferred to Jones from Dr. Phillips this past semester, saw his recruitment pick up in a big way this spring.

He picked the Gators over numerous offers including schools like Ohio State, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

"I’m excited. I really didn’t think I was going to commit at all, but I went ahead and did it right there on the spot,” he said.

Tillman had a big sophomore season in helping Dr. Phillips reach the class 8A State championship game, where the Panthers lost 14-10 to Miami Southridge.

He had 58 tackles in 13 games last season and he also had one interception, one sack and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Chris Hays covers college football recruiting, as well as college and high school football for the Sentinel. Reach him at chays@orlandosentinel.com .

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