Local recruit gets national run

The Kansas coaching staff may have some work to do if they want to keep a local prep star in Lawrence.

Dain Dillingham, a 6'2" wide receiver who attends Lawrence Free State lists the Jayhawks among his top college choices. The modern receiver who weighs 185 pounds and runs the 40 yard dash in 4.59 seconds is also considering The University of Minnesota, Kansas State, and Missouri for his college career.

"Right now, Minnesota is a slight favorite," says Dillingham.

The Golden Gophers coaching staff includes Jason Thoren who played Linebacker at Kansas in the mid to late 90's. Thoren was an Assistant Coach at Free State before joining former KU coach Glenn Mason's staff up North.

Kansas landed the top player in Lawrence a year ago when current red shirt freshmen Brandon McAnderson selected the Crimson and Blue. This season, Dillingham has received the most looks from Division I schools. Lawrence's most sought after player is paying close attention to what the Hawks are accomplishing in 2003.

"It's tough, my interest has increased with the potential at KU." It did not hurt things this past Saturday when true freshmen Adam Barmann busted onto the scene. The West Plate Missouri product threw for 294 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in his debut against Texas A&M.

"Seeing what Barmann did last week opened my eyes concerning the future at Kansas."

Dillingham visited Cornell a couple of weeks ago, but the trip was for basketball.

"It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed meeting the players and coaches. As well as, the touring of the campus."

However, the talented wide receiver believes his future pertains to the gridiron. "I believe football contains more potential," said Dillingham who sports a 3.7 Grade Point Average.

The official visit list for Dillingham remains up in the air. He plans on making a trip to Minnesota this fall with Kansas being another school on the wide out's list. Dillingham visited K-State last weekend on an unofficial when the Wildcats handled Baylor 38-10.

When asked about playing football at Missouri Dillinghan chuckled. "My friends tell me it would be illegal for a kid from Lawrence to attend Mizzou."

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