Michigan DE Close to Being Offered by Bulls

Dylan Farrington, a 6-foot-6, 230 pound DE from Adrian Michigan knows where he wants to play football, in Florida, find out how he came in contact with USF, why he's ready to move to Tampa and what the Bulls staff is telling him. Only on USFNation.com!

The search for quality defensive ends has been an on-going theme for the Bulls '09 recruiting class, and now the search has led the staff all the way up to Adrian Michigan where Dylan Farrington just finished his senior year. In year's past the furthest North the USF staff usually recruits is New Jersey, but this situation is a little different. Farrington wasn't contacted by USF – he contacted them.

"I actually contacted Coach Hendricks about two months ago." Farrington added, "I was getting my applications together and I was looking at different schools in Florida and the University of South Florida looked like it would be a great place to go to school. So I got Coach Hendricks info and I called his office one day. He was real nice, we talked about the basics like sending him my transcripts, a highlight film, some game film and stuff like that."

After that conversation the 6-foot-6, 230 pound DE followed up on his end of the deal and sent over all the paper work and tapes, a few weeks later Coach Hendricks followed up with a phone call.

"From the looks of it he likes my game film, he said I just have to work on my transcripts."

Farrington says his goal is to play football in the sunshine state. "My dad was in the Army and we lived in the Panhandle when I was young. I went to Cherokee Elementary. Florida is awesome, I know I want to live there after college so why not play football there too?"

"I like South Florida over the other schools because it's in Tampa. I've been there a few times and I love the campus from what I've seen. I guess it all depends on what Coach Hendricks and Coach Patrick decide to do, but I'm hoping to come down for a visit."

As a junior Dylan finished the year with 90 tackles, 15 for loss and 8 sacks. He just finished his senior year after a disappointing first round loss in the playoffs. However he had another excellent year averaging 12 tackles a game and recording 5 sacks while missing 3 games. He considers himself a pass-rushing defensive end and also played tight end in certain situations on offense, he's open to playing defensive end or possibly offensive tackle on the next level.

Being from Michigan, Farrington is getting attention from the hometown teams Michigan and Michigan State, but neither team has offered. He's also hearing from Kansas, Iowa and South Florida. Dylan has picked up offers from Indiana, Bowling Green and Central Michigan.

"I understand why I've got the offers I do, I take responsibility for that. I was the kid who came into high school not caring about anything except for sports. I was a great athlete, but I didn't care about my grades. It hit me my junior year that I didn't have my head on straight and now I'm turning it around. But colleges want to see if it's all talk. My GPA is still under a 2.0, I have a 1.8 and a 19 on my ACT. I re-take my ACT every month and I have good grades right now. As long as I can keep my grades where they are and re-take some classes I think I'll be fine. I believe I'll have a 2.5 or 2.4 by the end of the year."

Last summer Farrington re-took 2 classes over the summer and he's taking 2 more recovery classes this year and those new grades will replace his past failing grades. Even though he hopes to sign with a D1 school on signing day he has looked into the option of going to Junior College.

"I have an advisor helping me that has shown me a few schools. I also am looking into a few prep schools."

For now Farrington only has one official visit set and that is to Michigan State, but he says he's anxious to hear back from the Bulls on whether or not they plan to bring him in. He talked with the staff last week and they told him they were going to look further into his grade situation before setting a visit and extending a scholarship offer.

Stick with USFNation.com for further updates on Dylan Farrington and the rest of the '09 class.

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