Stewartville (MN.) junior offensive tackle Dillon Holtan has the tools and size to compete at the next level. While he still has two years left of his high school career, schools have been recruiting him early and often.
"My recruitment far so good," Holtan told GopherDigest. "I haven't received any offers because the NCAA recruitment guidelines prohibit any offers taking place for a few more months. Other than that, a handful of schools have shown interest by inviting me to camps, testing me individually at camps, and the coaches at camps and other schools telling me they are interested. I've also been invited to a couple home games from a couple different schools, so I'd say I'm right where I should be at this time in the process."
The 6-5, 270 mammoth offensive tackle has been hearing from teams at the Division 2 and 3 level, but how about some Division 1 schools like the hometown Minnesota Gophers?
"Yeah, I have been hearing from South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois State and Nebraska," said Holtan. "The contact with Minnesota hasn't been much yet. Graduate assistant coach Mike Sherels had added me on Facebook several months ago and then I sent him my highlight video. He hasn't talked to me much because he doesn't want to violate any rules. Soon after I sent him the video, he called my high school coach and told him to forward an invitation to the Gopher Junior Elite Day to me. That's been it."
Although, the contact has been low between the talented linemen and the Gophers, he is hoping to earn that chance to play for Minnesota one day and knows it will start at their camp.
"I am attending the Gopher Junior Elite Day," said Holtan. "I registered the day after I was invited. What I like about the Gophers are that they are my home state team and I grew up surrounded by Gopher fans and apparel. It would be a dream come true to play on that field in a Gopher uniform. They also have a program for the major I'd like to get."
"I want to be an athletic trainer someday so I'd go into a health sciences major. If Minnesota offered me, it would be so incredible of a feeling that it's hard to even fathom that. It would definitely make me a very happy camper. Although I'd LOVE to play for Minnesota, I have a better relationship with a different coach from a different university that is also interested in me with Coach John Flynn from South Dakota State. That doesn't mean I'm verbally committing anywhere. I have a lot time left before I need to decide."
What has college coaches craving to secure a commitment from Holtan is that intensity he brings every game and his physical mentality.
"I try to play with as much intensity as I can bring for that 48 minutes we play on Friday nights," said Holtan. "I try to hit the guy across the line harder than he can hit me and I do my best to open holes for our running backs and hold up a pocket for our quarterback."
He has already attended camps at South Dakota State and Winona State this summer. On Thursday, he will be heading down to Illinois State's one day camp and that following Saturday will be at Minnesota State Mankato to finally finish up his camp season at the Gopher Junior Elite Day on July 21.