Derrick Dillon took Franklinton (La.) Pine by storm in 2012, rushing for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns on 132 carries, passing 950 yards, and totaling 41 tackles on defense.
Offense, defense, or special teams, Dillon has playmaking abilities, and college coaches are taking notice of his talents. That tends to happen when you post a 4.38 handtimed forty-yard dash for LSU coaches on the summer circuit.
Dillon did not disappoint on the camp circuit this summer as the standout sophomore attended camps at Mississippi State and Southern Miss along with LSU, spending much of the time working at receiver.
"It was fun," Dillon said of Mississippi State. "They taught me a lot of things I was doing wrong and I liked how their coaches were easy to talk to and all of that."
"It was real good," he stated about Southern Miss. "I did real well and I impressed a lot of coaches out there. A lot of good things came out of that camp."
"At LSU I went as a receiver and I was doing alright," Dillon said of LSU. "Then later on in camp I changed over to cornerback and I think I made a better impression at cornerback."
In late July he welcomed his first offer from Southern Miss, and the Eagles along with Mississippi State and LSU are the main schools recruiting Dillon.
He has shown potential on both sides of the ball. He spends much of his time at Pine at quarterback, but the college interest is coming as an athlete who can spend time in the defensive secondary or at wide receiver.
It is still early and things could change but at this point Dillon does have a position preference.
"I kind of really want to play on the offensive side of the ball but it really doesn't matter," Dillon said. "When I have the ball in my hand I like doing different things."
He does not have any visit plans right now, and is focused on his junior season at Pine. Dillon and Pine have some big goals after a 5-4 season in 2012, and Dillon is ready to take another step in the right direction.
"Some of my goals are to win more games than we did last year and make the playoffs and try to go far in the playoffs," Dillon said. "Try to make Pine known."
Dillon will again do as much as he can as he sees action at quarterback and possibly wide receiver. On defense, he will work at cornerback and safety. Also look for him to be a factor in the return game.