LSU's primary goal for Derrick Dillon's official visit this past weekend was to show him exactly how he'd be used in the Tigers' offense.
They also wanted to make sure he knew how badly they want him. LSU waited so long to offer him, and by the time they did, he'd already committed to Florida. But now that the Tigers are all in on Dillon as a wide receiver, they took a big step toward flipping him from the Gators this weekend.
“It went pretty well," said Bradley Seal, Dillon's high school coach. "They did a good job explaining what his role would be, letting him know that he is one of the top priorities of this recruiting class. He’s also forming a good relationship with Coach Cameron. Their relationship really grew this weekend, which was big.”
Dillon arrived Friday evening with his entire family in tow. Seal met them in Baton Rouge on Saturday to spend the day around the LSU coaches. Most of that time was spent around Coach Cameron, who's taken the lead in his recruitment.
LSU laid out its plan for Dillon should he choose to be a Tiger.
“They’re telling him he’d be that slot guy, getting the ball in many different ways," Seal said. "That’s a role that he’d like, that he wants to be in. Everybody talks to him about speed sweeps and quick bubble screens. But they were showing him how they could use him in the vertical passing game as well.”
This weekend was also big for Dillon's parents. LSU's also trying to sell him on staying close to home, something they hope proves to be an advantage on Florida.
“His parents were impressed with LSU," Seal said. "Obviously him being closer to home is probably something they’d want. But in the end, they’re going to leave that decision up to him and support him either way.”
That decision will probably be a bit harder to make after his visit this weekend. Dillon still plans to take an unofficial visit to Florida on the final weekend before National Signing Day. Seal intends to have another in-depth conversation with Dillon in a couple days to let the high of the visit wear off some and really gauge where things stand.
“We’ll just have to wait and see," Seal said. "I want to sit down with him and feel him out. I know when he’s there that everything sounds good, but I just want to hear his thoughts one-on-one, just me and him.”
Whenever Dillon does make a final decision, it will most likely be quiet, just like his recruitment's been to this point.
“That’s another thing we’ll have to talk about, what he wants to do [with his decision]," Seal said. "I couldn’t imagine there’ll be a big announcement. He’s going to make his decision and probably just let the teams know what he’s going to do. I’d think it would be pretty quiet.”
LSU shows Derrick Dillon how he'd fit
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