When coach Ken Cribb arrived at Bluffton High School, one of his first tasks was to revamp the offensive line.
That move started with Chris Tillotson.
As the only returning starter on the Bobcats' offensive line, Tillotson's skill-set was irreplaceable. So, too, was his motivation.
Tillotson spent three years playing for the Bobcats before playing in his first playoff game -- and he was one of the many reasons why Bluffton got there. As the team's center, he helped pave the way for a school-record 3,122 rushing yards in 2010 to go along with 43 rushing touchdowns and a 5.7 yards-per-carry average.
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Tillotson will spend the next four years trying to make his impact in college. He will attend Emory & Henry College (Va.) this fall, where he has been guaranteed a spot on the football team.
"This is like a dream come true," he said. "Up until this past year, I didn't really think it was (a possibility). And then I started meeting with coaches, which was an eye-opening experience that I could actually do it."
Name: Chris Tillotson
High school: Bluffton
High school coach: Ken Cribb
Position: Offensive line
College: Emory & Henry College (Va.)
Probable major: Accounting or engineering
About Emory & Henry College: An NCAA Division III football program, the Wasps play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Led by coach Don Montgomery, they finished 5-5 overall and 1-5 in conference in 2010. They ranked sixth in the nation in home attendance.
Why Emory & Henry College? "I went up for a tour and really liked it," Tillotson said. "I was sitting on campus with some of the players and it really felt like where I should be."
Other schools considered: Southern Virginia University
Other high school sports played: Lacrosse
Accolades: Two-time all-area selection by The Island Packet, made Region 7-AAA all-region team