Relationships Strong

Like many recent West Virginia football verbal commitments, K.J. Dillon cited the relationships and demeanor of the coaching staff as one of the keys in his decision.

Kimlon Dillon, who visited WVU's campus this weekend, committed on the basis of the long-term recruiting job done by the coaches, backed by his in-person observations.

"The coaches at West Virginia talked to me a lot. I have a really good relationship with them," he said. "I like the way they acted with the players and the way they talked with them and treated them. Coach Lockwood, who was my recruiting coach, is really good. I can call him up anytime, and he's always ready to talk. We clown around some, but we can talk about everything. He and West Virginia showed a lot of interest in me for a long time, and I can see that we will have a good relationship when I am in school there."

Dillon has played a number of different positions at Apopka, but will start out as a bandit at WVU.

"They want me down there closer to the line, so I can roll down and blitz some. I've played a lot of positions, so I'm comfortable doing pretty much anything on defense. I didn't blitz a lot in high school, but I've covered from everywhere, so there's nothing I haven't seen, and nothing that will be new to me."

Dillon also cited "the vibe of the city" as one of the attractions for him, but it's clear that the coaching staff and their relationships with the players loomed largest in his decision-making process. He saw that throughout his weekend on campus, which he spent with Karl Joseph, a fellow safety from Edgewater, Fla.

"I know he had a good visit too, and I think he might be making a decision soon," Dillon said.

Dillon has already qualified, but he will complete his senior year at Apopka, where he plans to compete in track in his final semester.

"I'm a state qualifier in track, so I want to do that again, and I want to enjoy my last semester of high school," he noted.

Like many of WVU's Florida verbals and recruiting targets, Dillon hopes to be able to make the trip to Miami to either take in a practice or watch the Mountaineers in their Jan. 4 Orange Bowl date with Clemson.

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