Dillon makes return trip to Florida

Derrick Dillon holds 14 offers, including Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Derrick Dillon made his first-ever trip to Florida in late March to watch spring practice.

The Franklinton (La.) Pine athlete liked what he saw enough to return this weekend for the Orange & Blue Debut.

“I enjoyed it,” he said of the game. “I saw them throw the ball a good little bit. They did the same thing in practice. I like how use the slot receivers. That’s the position they’re recruiting me for.”

Dillon’s primary recruiter from UF is tight ends coach Derek Lewis, a Louisiana native who landed defensive lineman Gerald Willis III in the last class. He was the first Louisiana prospect to sign with the Gators since 2001.

Lewis’ ties to the state are now paying dividends with Dillon.

“It helps a lot,” he said. “We’re just on the same page. He’s real loose and real funny. Every time I talk to him, I laugh a lot.”

Having seen Florida twice now, Dillon is sold on the school and plans to be back for a game and possibly summer camp. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder wants to take his time with the recruiting process, but the Gators will be in it until the end.

“They’ve positioned themselves real high on my list,” Dillon said. “They will be one of my finalists. It’s a great place. I like all the coaches and everything about it. There’s just nice people here.”

The ESPN300 member claims no leaders at this time but knows what he wants in a school.

“I’m looking for a good offense and good people to be around,” he said.

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  1. This year recruiting class,has to be base on the up & coming season.We’re either leading or in the top 3 of some of the top recruits in the country.I’m talking bout #1 class,but we need at least 10 wins this year.I’m not talking bout no 8-5 no 9-4 that just won’t cut it this.Just the simple fact that we & FSU are pretty much recruiting the same players & they aren’t going nowhere.GATORS fan all day,but a weak ACC they are still loaded. so they’re gonna win some games this year.