UCLA Pursuing Dillon Heavily

2015 four-star Franklinton (La.) Pine wide receiver Derrick Dillon is a dynamic athlete that UCLA is recruiting heavily to fill its slot receiver role...

Franklinton (La.) Pine wide receiver Derrick Dillon is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country. He plays quarterback for his high school team, but functions more like a permanent Wildcat, frequently taking a direct snap and taking off on the run. At about 5'11 and 165 pounds, he projects best as a slot receiver/running back at the next level.

In terms of recruiting, the four-star is taking it slow as of right now.

"I haven't taken any visits recently," Dillon said. "I went on a visit to Texas A&M a while back, and it was a lot of fun. I got along with the coaches, and talking to them was pretty cool. They're recruiting me as a slot receiver, kick returner, and a little punt returner."

Unlike some other high level athletes who play quarterback at the high school level, Dillon has no qualms about switching positions in college, and would in fact welcome the change.

"I have a little bit of experience playing receiver," Dillon said. "I played my freshman year, and then started playing quarterback my sophomore year and my junior year. I'm cool with playing receiver. I actually don't want to play quarterback in college, except as maybe a Wildcat at times."

Some of the schools that are recruiting him the hardest include Texas and UCLA. Dillon says the Bruins have been in touch often.

Derrick Dillon.
"I'm pretty interested in UCLA," Dillon said. "They like me on the offensive side, the same basic things as everyone else. Running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and Jim Mora have been calling me.

"(The head coach calling me) just shows that they have a lot of interest in me. They want me bad."

Dillon said that he isn't opposed to leaving home for college and, in fact, hometown LSU hasn't recruited him much at all to this point. According to Dillon, even if the Tigers started recruiting him at this point, it wouldn't have much of an impact on him.

"They haven't recruited me at all," Dillon said. "If they started to, I'd show a little more interest, but it's not a big deal to me. I'm cool with going wherever for college."

As for visits, Dillon said that he's going to try to visit Texas at some point during April, when he's in the state for the Nike Camp. As for UCLA, he doesn't yet have a timetable for a visit.

"I have to talk to my dad and my family, and see if we can make a date," Dillon said. "I haven't been to California before, and we don't have family out there, so we'll have to see if we can make it work."

Dillon reports no real favorites at this point, with everyone "about even." He said, though, that he'd like to cut his list down soon, with the first cut hopefully coming during April.

"I want to make my final decision sometime during my season and get it out of the way before next year," Dillon said.



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