Pine High School in Franklinton, La., is quickly becoming a hot spot for college coaches, as the stock of 2015 athlete Derrick Dillon continues to rise.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound standout has already picked up a few offers. Louisiana programs such as Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette jumped in the mix early. Southern Miss also made sure he knew he held an offer. A few SEC options have also been extended from Mississippi State and Tennessee.
On Thursday, Dillon received his third SEC offer when the Florida Gators place a scholarship on the table.
"I was shocked," Dillon said. "I was in class and coach came and got me out of class and told me he was about to go talk to one of the Florida coaches. I didn't know Florida really knew about me because I don't get mail from them or anything like that. I was kind of shocked and kind of happy at the same time."
Dillon was able to talk with head coach Will Muschamp and receivers coach Joker Phillips and they let him know how they saw him fitting into to the Gators' offensive schemes.
"They were saying they like how when I get the ball in space and when I catch it and get the ball in my hands I can do different things," Dillon said. "I can stick my foot in the ground and get up field and I have top speed. Then they were like they would like to see me do a little wildcat quarterback and different things like that."
What did Dillon, who is being recruited on both sides of the ball, think of the Gators' thoughts?
"It made me feel good because that's what I really want to do," Dillon said.
It is safe to say Florida left a favorable impression, but at this point in the process Dillon is still trying to figure things out. He is not ready to name any leaders and is "taking it all in."
Favorites are not the only thing he is trying to figure out. He is also thinking about where he wants to visit and when he wants to go. He knows he wants to take a few but he does not have any on the schedule. What he does have are several invitations.
"I think all the schools that have really offered me so far want me to come up to their junior days," Dillon said.
The recruiting process is not the only thing on Dillon's mind right now. He is a member or Pine's varsity basketball squad and after the season he plans to take his talents to the track and to the baseball field.
Another place Dillon plans to showcase his abilities is at the Rivals Camp Series stop in New Orleans on February 22.