Three-star running back A.J. Dillon hopes to use his upcoming spring break to create a short list of college programs he’ll continue to consider before signing day next February.
The 6-foot, 225-pounder from Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., has several visits planned to help him identify his favorite schools.
First up is a March 19 stop in South Bend to attend Junior Day at Notre Dame.
He’ll make that trip with his grandfather, former Irish standout Tom Gatewood.
“He’s excited to see what the recruiting world is like now compared to when he was being recruited,” Dillon said. “We’re coming in on March 18 and then we’re headed over for the junior day.”
Dillon then will make his way to Ann Arbor to check out Michigan on March 21 and he is expected at Wisconsin the following day before returning home to Connecticut to spend some time with his parents before returning to Lawrence Academy on April 5.
The Dillons will use those final days of spring break to consider all of their options.
“I’m planning on cutting down my list to a top five or six, whatever the number is, on April 4,” Dillon said. “I’m looking to narrow down the schools, whichever ones are my favorites. It’s not because the schools I have offers from aren’t great but I’m looking for the best place for me. I’m going to use these visits and talk to a couple more coaches to see what my role would be in their programs and how they want to use me. Me and my family are going to sit down probably before I head back after break, which is April 5. I’ll put a little list together of the top schools where I think are the best for me and we’ll have a top five or six, potentially.”
Dillon prefers to make those decisions with his parents rather than on the telephone.
“I go to boarding school so I don’t get to see my family that much,” he said. “We just decided it would be best to make the decision when we’re all together rather than on the phone.”
Dillon expects to make his college decision at some point during his senior season.
“I’ve been to a few junior days already so it’s just kind of getting out there and seeing everything,” he said. “I’ll commit early in my season or before that unless I go on one of these visits and absolutely fall in love.”
Boston College, Florida State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Nebraska are among the other schools that have offered Dillon.