Apopka Standout DB Visits USF, Gets Offer

Apopka safety Kimlon (K.J.) Dillon is one of Central Florida's top rising prospects and this past Saturday made the trip down to Tampa to check out USF for Junior Day. The visit went great for the 6-foot-1, 180 pound DB and led to his first offer. Read on for all the details and see where the Bulls stand.

Kimlon (K.J.) Dillon is a 6'1, 180 pound stand-out defensive back for Apopka HS. The rising senior made a trip down to Tampa to check out USF during junior day and a few days later received some great news.

"I just wanted to let you know I got an offer from USF," said Dillon. "Getting the offer from USF feels great. South Florida is right up there at the top. I loved the campus and everything about them when I was down there for the visit."

The 6-foot-1, 180 pound defensive back visited USF for their Junior Day and talks about the experience.

"It was a great visit," said Dillon. "The coaches were great, we got to talk to the players, they took us around and showed us the facilities and we got to go to a basketball game, so that is always good."

"Everything was awesome, they have great stuff and have really cool gear," said Dillon. "The new practice fields are beautiful, just beautiful. The grass is lush and green and the artificial turf field was unbelievable looking.

Dillon said he talked the most with DB Coach Rick Smith and got to meet all of the Bulls coaching staff. He also enjoyed talking with the players and liked the feeling he got from all of them.

"The coaches seem real cool and straight forward, they weren't selling me nothing and kept everything real," said Dillon. "They told me how things are building there and how hard they work to get to where they want to be."

"I got to talk a few other guys, but B.J. Daniels was the one I really knew of," said Dillon. "He was real cool and told me how it is and what life is like down in Tampa."

The Apopka prospect had a great time during Junior Day and thought he left without an offer, but that wasn't the case.

"They basically told me I got an offer from them when I was down there, but I didn't understand that then, but my coach told me today that I had one," said Dillon. "I feel great about the offer and feel like I got the monkey off my back getting that first one."

"I already liked USF before I knew I had an offer," said Dillon. "Now that I know I have an offer, it makes me lean even more towards them right now."

Getting that first offer is big and Dillon said that could pay dividends down the road.

"Since they were my first offer they were the first to show that they really want me," said Dillon. "They were first and now everybody else will be jumping on the bandwagon, but they were the ones that really showed that they want me at their program and that means something to me."

South Florida was the first to offer, but they aren't the only team to be showing interest in Dillon at this time. He's receiving a lot of letters from different schools with Cincinnati and Georgia Tech showing a lot of interest. The Cincinnati defensive coach came by to talk to him and Georgia Tech has been e-mailing him as well. At this stage of the process, Dillon says he interested in a couple schools in particular.

"The schools I'm interested in are FSU, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and USF of course," said Dillon. "I'm not sure if I want o name a leader just yet, but I know USF will be up there."

The Apopka standout talks about what he likes about USF.

"I like a lot about USF," said Dillon. "It's an up and coming program and they play great defense. It's not too far from home and is only an hour away. I feel like I can get some early playing time and go in there and make a name for myself."

"The coaches are great and the players they brought down to talk to us were great too," said Dillon. "They kept everything real and didn't try and sell me a dream or anything. They told me straight up that I'll have an opportunity to come in and play as a freshman, but that won't be given to me and I'll have to earn it. I respect that."

"The campus and the facilities are great and the new practice fields are gorgeous," said Dillon. "The program is also sponsored by Under Armor and they have great gear, so that's all good too. Everything there is great.

It's very early in the recruiting process and Dillon said he's not ready to make an early decision, but doesn't think it'll come down to signing day.

"I think when I decide to commit it'll be towards the end of summer," said Dillon. "I won't take it down to the very end."

As to what's on tap for Dillon, he plans on going to a few camps and making a return trip to South Florida.

"Actually I'm going to go back down to USF for their spring and I got invited to the Nike camp in Tallahassee, so I'll go there with some teammates," said Dillon. "I'm really looking forward to going to the Bulls' spring practices and seeing how they work and operate."

Dillon said he didn't know his full stats from last season, but did have three picks and knows what makes him a good ball player.

"I can read offenses and receivers and I'm always around the ball," said Dillon. "I'm a strong physical player with speed and I can hit. I also got mental toughness."

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