Pine’s Dillon verbally commits to the University of Florida

Published 12:21 pm Friday, June 6, 2014

Pine’s Derrick Dillon has verbally committed to the University of Florida.

Dillon said he’s excited about the decision.

“It’s my type of school,” Dillon said. “It’s got a really good family atmosphere.”

The signal caller, who is preparing to enter his senior year of high school, has proven the ability to do it all on a football field.

Last season, Dillon played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back.

Last year, he ran 196 times for 2,400 yards (12.2 per carry) and an amazing 33 touchdowns.

He also did well in the passing game, throwing for 900 yards with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Receiving wise, Dillon caught three passes for 60 yards last season.

He was also strong defensively, picking off three passes.

One of the great stats when talking about Dillon has been his ball security. Over the last two seasons, Dillon has made just six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles) in a combined 550 passing and rushing attempts.

Dillon, who runs a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash, said the Gators want him to play slot receiver when he goes there.

“That’s the position I want to play. I think that’s the way for me to get the ball and it allows me to get in speed motion and get in space.”

Dillon said it helps him to get the commitment out of the way.

“I can get it off of my chest now,” Dillon said. “My main focus is on the season coming up. I want to get faster and stronger.”

Pine coach Bradley Seal said he’s extremely happy for Dillon.

“I know it’s been a lot of stress on him the last couple of months with the recruiting,” Seal said. “Now he can just settle down because he has a home.”

Seal said Dillon will add explosiveness to the Gators offense from day one.

“He can score a touchdown every time he touches the ball,” Seal said. “He’s also going to bring a hard working, high character person to the program.”

Dillon is going to a school, which is coming off of a rare tough season.

The Gators finished with a 4-8 overall record and went 3-5 in Southeastern Conference play.

It was the Gators first season without going to a bowl game since 1990 and its first losing season since 1979.

Pine is coming off of a 4-7 campaign, which saw the Raiders reach the Class 2A playoffs.

The 23rd seeded Raiders ended up losing in the opening round to No. 10 Rosepine 51-50.

Pine opens the 2014 regular season with a home game Sept. 5 against the Pearl River Rebels.