March 19, 2009

Michigan first to offer versatile athlete

Recruiting has been quiet for one of the most versatile and athletic players in Louisiana. However, things got loud pretty quickly for Drew Dileo out of Greenwell Springs (La.) Parkview Baptist when he picked up his first offer this week out of the Big Ten.

"I got a letter from Coach Jackson from Michigan a week ago or so and that was really the first letter I got," Dileo said. "It was a hand-written letter and it was pretty good and it gave me his phone number and everything. I had sent them my highlight film and they said they liked my film and then I got a letter yesterday that formerly offered me a scholarship. Then I called and talked to Coach Rodriguez. I was excited."

As a first offer, Michigan was a big one and certainly not one that Dileo expected.

"I was shocked in a way," he said. "I guess I was more or less shocked that Michigan is all the way in the North of the United States and I'm all the way down in Louisiana. I was really excited and just happy."

The Michigan offer wasn't just a random BCS offer in Dileo's eyes either. Dileo actually grew up rooting for the Wolverines.

"It's kind of ironic that it's Michigan because growing up here in Baton Rouge, for a lot of kids, LSU is their favorite school and every now and then they have a side school and mine was Michigan."

Dileo played wingback, slot, running back and cornerback for his high school as a junior while also returning kicks. His versatility looks to be a perfect fit for Rich Rodriguez's offense.

"They like me more of like a slot receiver," he said. "They said that they need guys like me that fit their offense that they can get the ball to in space and make plays."

Along with Michigan, Dileo has been receiving interest from UConn, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and others.


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