21  Ray Tillman
Ray  Tillman


Lithonia, Ga.

High School:
Miller Grove

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 206

Inside Linebacker


A physical and rising young talent who seemingly has a strong grasp on assignment detail despite short time in ECU program ... Had redshirt removed as a true freshman and will open sophomore season as a viable two-deep member and potential starter at the "buck" inside linebacker position ... Coaches expect competition with Jordan Williams and Devaris Brunson to continue beyond preseason camp ... Collected four stops, including one for a three-yard loss, during the first spring scrimmage on March 28 ... Added another tackle and knocked down a pass during the second tilt (April 11) before contributing two hits in the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Off-season strength and conditioning progress, although impressive, was also slowed slightly because of an ankle injury ... Did post lifts of 300 pounds (bench press), 435 (back squat) and 264 (power clean) during testing phase ... Owns a 35" vertical jump and a 10' broad jump.

2014: Appeared in eight games during true freshman season as a member of special teams and inside linebacking corps ... Did not play in the last five contests vs. Cincinnati, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and Florida (Birmingham Bowl) ... Totaled nine tackles (three solo) ... Elevated to depth chart status prior to the Virginia Tech game after Brunson suffered a season-ending knee injury at South Carolina ... Eight of nine stops came on special teams, ranking fourth on the squad ... All eight hits were made on kickoff return coverage squad ... Tallied at least one tackle in five of eight games played with a career-best four against North Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Also added a pair of stops in collegiate debut against N.C. Central ... Had single tackles vs. South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Connecticut ... Did not record any stats against SMU, USF or Temple ... Selected as the special teams captain prior to the SMU tilt, which also marked ECU's inaugural American Athletic Conference contest.

High School: An ESPN.com three-star prospect who earned a scout grade of 74 and ranks among the top 50 running backs in the Southeast ... Selected as the Class 6-AAAAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Played for coach Daydrin Shell on a Wolverine squad that compiled a 4-6 mark in 2013 ... Made his commitment to East Carolina on Feb. 2 at the conclusion of the Pirates' final visitation weekend ... Recruited by Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Ole Miss and Tennessee early during the process.

Personal: Full name is Ray Vartron Tillman ... Majoring in communications ... Earned ECU Honor Roll accolades for work in the classroom during the 2015 spring semester.