Stoner Gets A Spring Break Surprise

Arkansas hosted Jenks, Okla., safety Dillon Stoner (6-1, 185) - a do-it-all performer for the state champion Trojans this season - for an unofficial visit last week and he left with a surprise parting gift.

A lot of high school students are on a beach somewhere this spring break or enjoying their week off from school in another fun way.

But one of the Oklahoma’s best junior football prospects used his last week in a quest to better his future.

Jenks safety/wide receiver/punter Dillon Stoner (6-1, 185) made trips to both Arkansas and SMU last week and came away from Fayetteville with an offer from the Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

“My dad and I went over to check out Arkansas on Wednesday, got a chance to look over the facilities and the campus and got a to watch a practice,” Stoner said.

“At the end I went into Coach Bielema’s office and he said that we would like to offer you a scholarship,” Stoner said. “It was very exciting and I feel very honored.”

Stoner also has offers from Wyoming and Arkansas State and interest from Texas A&M and Texas-San Antonio.

He had 48 tackles with 5 interceptions as well as 35 catches for 597 yards and six touchdowns and punted for his team this past season.

Stoner scored a touchdown via offense (TD catch), defense (interception) and special teams (punt return) in a 41-0 win over Westmoore.

“What a great player,” Jenks head coach Allan Trimble told the Tulsa World after that game. He is such a competitor.”

He capped off his do-it-all season by catching the game-winning touchdown pass late in his team’s 21-14 win over Union in the Class 6A state championship game.

“If Dillon was old enough, he would drive the bus home,” Trimble said.

Stoner agreed that his competitiveness may be his best attribute, but also returned the favor to his coaching staff.

“I think my competitiveness is a big thing for,” Stoner said. “I have always wanted to win from an early age and have done whatever I can to help my team win.

“But my coaches are great and have put me in the right positions to make plays and make great coverage calls,” Stoner added. “I can’t say enough about what great coaches we have.

“I think I have great instincts as well and I want to continue to improve my speed and footwork,” Stoner said.

Stoner, who also plays basketball and runs the 400 meters in track, is coming off a season in which he was a big cog in leading Jenks to the Class 6A state title.

He had 4 catches for 74 yards in the win and also had a punt that was downed at the 2-yard line.

Jenks, who has now won three straight state titles and 12 in Trimble’s 19 seasons, started the season 1-2 before reeling off 10 straight wins to finish the season.

“We lost a lot of seniors the year before so we were really young starting the season and just had to come together and get some experience,” Stoner said. “Once we did we got it rolling and it was great to finish off the season by winning the state title, especially against one of the teams that we had lost to earlier in the season.”

Arkansas' coaches have invited Stoner to come back this spring or summer.

“I’m planning on it because I obviously have a lot of interest in Arkansas because they are a great program and are certainly on the rise,” Stoner said. “I don’t know when just yet, but I am planning on getting back over there.”

Stoner said he really didn’t have a timetable for a decision.

“I think right now I am just kind of taking things all in and seeing what all options come my way,” Stoner said. “It’s a big decision and I want to have all the information that I can to make that decision.

“My guess – and it’s just a guess right now – is that I would probably take it into the season before making a decision,” Stoner said.





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