And Then There Were Two

Trinity High School offensive tackle R.J. Dill has narrowed his field down to two schools after being offered by nearly half a dozen over the past several months and has plans to announce his intentions at a press conference in late July. This recruiting battle has come down to Connecticut and Maryland and the winner will be getting a very solid right tackle prospect.

Maryland and Connecticut are the two schools that Camp Hill, Pa., offensive tackle R.J. Dill will be announcing between at his school on July 26th which also happens to be the 6-foot-7, 275-pound lineman's 17th birthday. Dill chose to narrow his choices down roughly one week ago and made that decision public today, talking about each program with us a bit in detail.

"There is a lot to like about both Connecticut and Maryland and I really don't feel like I could go wrong either way at this point," Dill stated. "I like that both schools have coaching staffs that I get along well with and are experienced and proven. I also like that both campuses are near major cities, so if I wanted to get out and have some fun off campus once in a while I would be able to do so. Academically you also have two fine institutions which is very important to me."

"Connecticut is a program that may not have that tradition built that other programs already have at this point, but in my mind they are going to be making that tradition over the next few years with the way the coaching staff, school and fan base have gotten behind the football program," Dill said. "Look at the facilities they just put up and look at how dedicated and hard working that staff is and it makes it obvious that Connecticut is a program that will have to be reckoned with in the Big East in a very short amount of time here."

"The coaching staff is another big part of why I like the Huskies," Dill added. "Coach (Randy) Edsall went to school down near me and is a great guy. They recruit the area hard and just picked up Zach Frazer who is a great quarterback from right near me. I worked out with Zach for two years and can tell you he is a really hard worker that is really going to help them win some football games and get them to that next level. Coach (Mike) Foley is a great offensive line coach and just from working with him for one day at camp I could really see that he not only knows his stuff, but can get immediate results from his coaching which speaks volumes about him as a teacher. I see Connecticut having a great rushing attack next year and think he could really turn me into a better football player. As for the distance, obviously Connecticut is a bit farther away then Maryland, but that will play very, very little part in my decision."

Connecticut has done a great job impressing Dill over the past several months, but it is Maryland who has seemingly been in the driver's seat for him since offering him months before other programs. He is extremely familiar with the program at this point and also spoke about the Terrapin program.

"I have been there like eight times now and Maryland was the only program that was recruiting me during my sophomore year, so just going into recruiting I knew that they were a program that really wanted me," Dill explained. "They have a great program and have it headed in the right direction and I also see them being a team that will be tough to beat in the ACC going forward. I have met with some of their players and really get along with them and they have guys like Jaimie Thomas from Bishop McDevitt who is from my area which I think would help me with the transition from high school to college."

"Coach (Ralph) Friedgen has spent a ton of time with me each time I have visited Maryland and has always taken the time to pull me aside into his office and talk about how things have been going which speaks volumes about their feelings towards me in my opinion," Dill added. "I talk with Coach (Tom) Bratton a lot and feel very comfortable with him and Coach (Bryan) Bossard is also a great guy. The entire staff is just very energetic and I think they could get the most out of me and help me see my potential at offensive tackle with their experience."

Dill held offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Akron, Duke and Temple and had been speaking with a number of different programs, however he felt it was best at this point to narrow the choices, make other coaches aware he was off the table and focus in on which school he wants to spend his next five years attending. Three weeks from now he will let those intentions be known to the recruiting world and until then, it is simply time to wait and speculate.

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