Season recap: Titus Till
Titus Till's senior season at Wise didn't get off to the smoothest of starts.
On the second day of practice last August, the Maryland safety commitment fractured his collarbone. The injury would sideline him for the next five weeks.
“He just wanted to help the team win,” Wise coach DaLawn Parrish said. “It was hard in the beginning when he got hurt, but he supported his teammates and cheered them on from the sidelines. Some kids get hurt and go into the tank and wait for themselves to get better. He never did that. He just kept supporting his team. He wanted to be 100 percent when he came back and he did a tremendous job. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a young man.”
Till returned to the lineup for the Pumas’ Week 4 game against Eleanor Roosevelt and caught a crucial 50-yard pass to set up the only touchdown of the game in Wise’s 6-0 win. Wise’s defense dominated throughout the season, with the Pumas recording eight consecutive shutouts. The front-seven was especially impressive, Parrish said, which left Till and the rest of his defensive back counterparts doing more watching than hitting.
“He really didn’t have to do as much this year,” Parrish said. “The D-line and linebackers had a lot of the action. But he was able to raise his game to another level in the playoffs. That’s when he had more of an opportunity to make plays and he did just that. He had three interceptions in the playoffs and he started coming up with a lot of big tackles and caused fumbles. He was back to his normal self.
"He had come off the shoulder injury and he didn’t have to do much. With our D-line and linebackers, there really wasn’t much left to do when we were pitching a lot of shutouts. He was dependable Titus. When you get to the playoffs, you have teams more on your level that can attack you better through the air. And he was able to make plays.”
Till finished the season with 64 tackles (31 solos), four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup. Wise, which allowed just 46 points all season, ended the year 12-2 with a 17-16 loss to Old Mill in the Class 4A state championship game.
The title-game defeat was a disappointing end to a record-breaking season, but Parrish said Till was instrumental in helping Wise reach its potential. Till also demonstrated why he is the highest-ranked recruit in Maryland’s 2010 recruiting class.
“To me, Titus is a cover-2 safety,” Parrish said. “Maryland loves the cover 2 and he’s a player that [can cover] half the field. He comes downhill, he hits well and tackles. Once he understands the speed of the game on that level -- and as all freshmen, gets comfortable -- he should be tremendous for the system that they run.”
Parrish, a Wake Forest graduate and four-year standout for the Demon Deacons, knows what it takes to be successful in the ACC. After coaching Till for the past four seasons, Parrish is confident that the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety will thrive at Maryland.
“Nothing he does really surprises me,” Parrish said. “I’ve had him for four years now. We brought him up the last game of his freshman year. I’ve seen him do so many things and I’m always proud of what he does. He’s a student of the game. He gets better and better and is going to be tremendous in college.”