Gators see Deejay Dallas playing both ways

Getting a pledge from 2017 Brunswick (Ga.) Glynn Academy athlete Deejay Dallas is like getting two for one deal. Two major programs are already telling him he can play on both sides of the ball, including the Florida Gators.

This week the Florida football staff spent most of their time out of state recruiting. While they are continuously finding new targets for the current 2016 class, they are also checking in on the 2017 class and the best players that are still playing as sophomores at their respective high schools.

Late this past week Florida defensive back coach Kirk Callahan travelled to Brunswick and stopped in to watch DeeJay Dallas. While the allowable contact between coach and prospect prohibits any lengthy conversation, Callahan made sure to be seen and let the staff at Glynn Academy know that the Gators are making him a priority.

Of course he knew it already from a trip Dallas took to Gainesville in the spring.

“It was Callahan and he talked to my coach,” Dallas said when asked who visited him at practice this week before relaying the lack of communication involved because of the rules. “Not much (talk) really you can't really talk to them during this period but the last Time I was in Gainesville the head coach was really lifting me up.”

While Callahan was working the staff, Dallas remembers what Florida head coach Jim McElwain was telling him a month and a half ago.

“He was just telling me how bad they want me and how I fit the needs of the team,” Dallas said. “He told me I could play either side of the ball. He also bragged on my playmaking ability and physicality.

Florida and Georgia are both telling him he can play defensive back and receiver and he says, “My goal is to play both.”

As you would expect his athleticism jumps out to everyone and that is why he has a chance to play on both sides of the ball at the next level, something that doesn’t happen very often at the top programs.

“I really don't know what to say, but I let my play do the talking most of the time,” he said about describing what stands out about his own play. “I guess I could say physicality, one-cut-and-go speed, and playmaking ability.”

As far as his future plans with these colleges, he will be out visiting again very soon.

“I plan on visiting some colleges as soon a school gets out which is next Friday,” he said.

The two mentioned here seem to be the most in contact along with a couple up north.

“Georgia and Florida are really coming on hard and some up north teams like Michigan State and Central Michigan,” he said.

As for the Gators, he wasn’t ready to name a leader, but they do have a couple f things going for them.

“I grew up a fan of the SEC and good football. But I loved watching Tim Tebow play,” he said. “All the schools that have offered me are on an equal platform but I like Florida they seem to have a good animal science facility.”


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