Top 2017 linebacker enjoys Florida camp

They seem to be starting earlier and earlier and the talent gets better and better. So it is with Class of 2017 linebacker Dylan Meeks of Orlando Dr. Phillips. Meeks was on display Tuesday at Florida's camp and performed well. It was a new environment for him and he was able to learn a bit.

Just a sophomore-to-be at Dr. Phillips, 6-foot-2, 215 pound linebacker Dylan Meeks already has a college football scholarship offer to Tulane. That said, there is a lot left to learn about the game for the young man and a lot to see at the high school level.

Meeks ventured over to Gainesville on Tuesday and participated in the camp session at Florida. He liked the experience.

"I haven't gone to a lot of camps and coming to UF there was a lot of talent," Meeks said. "It was good getting reps against some of the top players. It was good getting that experience this early."

Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and assistant Coleman Hutzler coached at the camp and spent a little time with Meeks.

"I got to work with them some," he said. "We had the lightning delay, but I got some reps. They helped me with coverage, keeping guys with inside leverage and that kind of thing."

Meeks is a pretty big prospect, especially after just completing his 9th grade year. He uses his body to make life miserable on ball carriers.

"Shutting down the run game is what I do best," he said. "I know if I go out there and if you come up the middle, I will meet you there. It is how I like to play. If you run outside, I am fast enough to get to you."

He has a toughness about him that coaches love in a middle linebacker.

"I wrestle, so I have always been in very physical," he said. "If I can hit you, I am going to hit you."

Florida continues to bring in top talent to camp, regardless of age. Meeks is a prospect we will follow for years to come here at Scout.

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