A 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive tackle, R.J. Dill wasn't offered a scholarship until Maryland came through at the Elite Combine in New Jersey, and he got one from Connecticut right after that. Boston College also has shown strong interest recently, and so has the University of Pittsburgh.
"Boston College called my coach,'' Dill said. "They didn't even have any film on me, but they said they're going to offer me. So, it's really starting to roll for me now. Pitt hasn't offered me, yet, but I hope to get one when I go to their camp next month. At least, that's what I hope happens.
"So, I'm looking forward to that. I had a great experience at the Elite Combine and the (Scout.com) one at Pitt, so that should get my name out even more. We went through some good workouts and one-on-one drills, and I did fairly well. So, I'm getting a little more interest because of that.''
Dill is big and strong and moves fairly well, but he's not a player likely to step right in and start as a freshman. That's difficult for linemen to do, and it's especially tough for an offensive tackle. But with some work, anything's possible. And he certainly has a strong upside and good attitude.
"These combines give you a chance to compete against the best,'' Dill said. "That's why I come here. If you don't want to compete, then you shouldn't be here. But I think everybody who's here looks forward to good competition.
"Also, they help you work on some things to prepare you to play on Fridays this year and on Saturdays the next few years after that. So, I'm looking forward to working on my game and improving as much as possible.''
Dill also has a strong support staff headed by his parents, Bob and Michele Dill, but while they'll have some influence on his college choice they certainly won't force him to make any decisions. They just want him to make the right choice, an informed choice, and Dill agrees.
"They've been very supportive, but they know it's ultimately my decision,'' Dill said. "It's all about growing up and making a decision that I'll have to live with, so I'm getting all the information I can gather on the schools. I really want to take some official visits, not just unofficial ones on Saturdays.
"You see what they want you to see on those days for the games, but I want to see what it's like every day. You get to see everything, and that's what I want to do. Hopefully, I'll get to take my visits -- maybe three of them -- before my senior season and make a decision before it as well.''
Dill has strong family ties, so he probably would like to stay close to home to play college football -- somewhere in a short driving distance from Eastern Pennsylvania. So, that certainly is in Pitt's favor once the Panthers offer dill a scholarship. That should occur in the next couple weeks.
"It's my decision and I'll have to live with it for four, probably five years, so it's up to me,'' Dill said. "It's up to me and what's best for me and my family. I'm a very family-oriented guy, so it's important for me to make a decision that will be the best for all of us. So, that's what I'm going to do.
"I'm an offensive tackle, and I have been since freshman year. I haven't played defense since then, so everybody is recruiting me as an O-lineman. But if somebody tells me I need to play defense I'll do that. I'll play wherever they want me to play when I get to college.''
And as interest continues to pick up for Dill, he should get an opportunity to make an informed decision sometime soon.
Dill Still Likes Pitt
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