Dwayne Hoilett Talks Recruiting

The Gopher coaches have recently made a splash in Florida with a number of visits and offers. One "Sunshine State" standout who has received a Minnesota offer is defensive end Dwayne Hoilett of Vero Beach High School (Fla.). GoldenSports.net caught up with Hoilett to discuss the latest on his recruitment as well as his offer from the Maroon and Gold.

"Really well," Hoilett said of how his recruitment is progressing. "Illinois, Rutgers, Purdue, Michigan State and FIU have been pushing the hardest," he added.

Hoilett has a lengthy offer list which includes teams such as Purdue, Michigan State, Minnesota, Connecticut, Northern Illinois, and Wake Forest among others.

To go with an impressive offer sheet, Hoilett has had a number of top schools visit during the spring. He lists Clemson, Miami, Cincinnati, and Florida as teams who have made the trip to Vero Beach High School to see Hoilett in person.

Despite the growing interest for this 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end, he remains humble and knows that working hard will pay off. "I'm not that kind of person to brag about their offers or boast about how much a college needs me," he said.

"I just work hard in the weight room and the classroom so when I step on the field to do my job, I let my play do the talking and hopefully my hard work gets noticed by the coaches," said Hoilett.

Hoilett plans on carrying this work ethic into the summer when he will participate in a number of camps. "I'm attending Al Golden's Miami camp this Sunday and as many in-state camps as I can, and the closest out-of-state camps if possible," he said.

He also plans on making a number of visits this summer and fall to check out schools. "Definitely Florida, FIU, Miami and maybe Illinois or Wake Forest if I can get up there," said Hoilett.

With a high number of camps and visits on the schedule, Hoilett knows what he is looking for in a school. "A good football tradition backed by a solid family atmosphere in the locker room, somewhere where I can feel wanted and fit in well," he said.

One thing that will undoubtedly stand out to coaches as Hoilett makes his visits is his attitude toward the type of player he wants to be for his future team.

"Well, hopefully a productive player on the field who takes care of all his assignments and coaches don't have to worry about off-the-field conduct or my actions in the classroom," Hoilett said.

"And during the span of the season, develop into a leader of the team who everyone knows can get the job done," he added.

This approach surely made an impression on the Gophers' staff who have put on emphasis on success on and off the football field. Hoilett reported that Minnesota offered a scholarship earlier this week.

"It was an exciting offer for me," Hoilett said. "They have a ton of tradition."

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