Vero Beach Star Discusses Illini Offer

Many schools are now utilizing a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position in their defensive schemes. Illinois has its Bandit, and it goes by other names at other schools. Athletes like Dwayne Hoilett are being trained in high school to play both in space and with their hand on the ground. He appears ideal for the position in college.

Dwayne Hoilett plays defensive end and linebacker for Vero Beach High School in Florida. Illinois and his recruiting coach Jeff Brohm see him as a Bandit prospect.

"Coach Brohm said I would be an outside linebacker in a 4-3, an athletic guy who can put his hand on the ground or cover the flats. A Bandit."

Brohm has made a good early impression on Hoilett.

"He is a great guy. He seems to know a lot about their program and their recruiting. I've been talking to him, with Facebook and everything, since February. He was at the school last week."

The 6'-3", 220 pounder has multiple scholarship offers to consider.

"The Illinois offer is now ten for me. I also have offers from Rutgers, Purdue, Western Michigan, Marshall, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, NIU, UConn, Middle Tennessee and South Alabama."

Hoilett will be employed on both sides of the ball this fall.

"I play slot receiver as well. This will be my first year. This is our first year with a spread offense. Last year we had a Wing-T offense. I'm looking forward to getting some passes this year. I think the offense will need me."

Attesting to his athleticism, he also plays basketball.

"We made the playoffs but lost in the first round. I averaged like 10 rebounds a game and 12 points."

What is he looking for in a college?

"I'm looking for a good family atmosphere and a good team. I want to be a Business major, so somewhere I can pursue that. Somewhere I can feel welcome and feel comfortable."

Hoilett has visited some schools and hopes to do more if economic and distance constraints don't interfere.

"I went to a couple junior days and spring games. I want to make some visits over the summer. I hope to go to Illinois. We'll see how it works out.

"It's kind of hard to get to out-of-state places, depending on their location. I hope to go to as many places as I can."

Hoilett says he and his Vero Beach team did well last year. Of course, he wants even more this fall.

"We went 7-3 and made it to the playoffs. We lost in the first round. I had around 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks. We're excited about the upcoming season."

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