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Stanford Football Recruiting 2012: Jontrey Tillman Chooses Houston After Stanford Denies Admission

Two-Star safety recruit Jontrey Tillman out of West St. Mary's in Baldwin, LA committed to the Stanford Cardinal way back in the summer, but according to's Mike Coppage, Tillman ultimately decided on playing for Houston because he was not admitted to attend Stanford at all.

"Stanford called Jontrey at 5 P.M. Friday and told him he wasn't accepted," said West St. Mary head coach Ryan Antoine. "Their defensive coordinator had been here five times and the DBs coach was here last Monday.

"They said they want him, but they can't question admissions or they will lose their jobs. I talked to Coach (David) Shaw on Saturday, and he said they can't control admissions. He said it's secretive."

As for Tillman himself, Antoine had this to say:

"Jontrey is devastated," he said. "This is a kid from a depressed socioeconomic environment who had been committed to Stanford since June. He turned down 20 scholarship offers and they tell him about this a week before National Signing Day?

"I read an article that said Barry Sanders has a 3.2 grade point average, and another commit has a 3.7. How do you explain that?"

Tillman has a carrer 4.0 GPA while in High School and great test scores, which means it must have been something else that kept him from coming to Palo Alto. Interseting development to say the least.

For more on the Tillman situation and the Cardinal in general, head over to Rule of Tree. For more on National Signing Day in general, check out SB Nation's College Recruiting Hub.