Dylan Meeks sees a fit at Florida

A tackling machine at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips’ High School, Dylan Meeks loves to watch high octane defense.  He got an eyeful in The Swamp on Saturday.

The class of 2017 middle linebacker was on hand to watch the Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt 9-7 in a defensive struggle or more like a defensive showcase.

Meeks likes what he sees in the Florida defense.

“I think the defense was really holding them in there,” he told Scout shortly following the game. “Defense wins championships as they proved today winning the SEC East Championship.”

Meeks had his focus in the game on Florida middle linebacker Antonio Morrison who finished the game leading the team in tackles with 11.

“I noticed Morrison was doing a real good job with his reads,” Meeks said. “He wasn’t over pursuing. He wasn’t going too fast and would take his time and make the play every time. All of their outside linebackers come off the edge pretty hard.”

As far as fit, Meeks could really see himself fitting right in with the hard hitting Gator D.

“I think I would do pretty well in the middle where Morrison is,” he said. “I see he has the band on his hand and reading is what I do best, I just get to the ball.”

He’s sprouted up a little bit and goes 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds now. He is also tearing it up on the football field.  

“My season is going pretty well… 114 tackles right now,” he said. “I slowed down the last few games, but now that we are playing Mainland and Apopka it will pick up again.”

The Gators are recruiting him, but haven’t really pushed very hard yet. That isn’t surprising given he is a 2017 prospect and a year behind all of the guys that are high priority right now.  There are a handful of schools that are really recruiting him hard right now.

“I would say Indiana, Rutgers, Colorado State and Pitt with Coach (Tim) Salem up there I really keep in contact with the most,” Meeks said.

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