Dangerous Drew Dileo ready to sign with Michigan football team Wednesday
Parkview (La.) Baptist coach Kenny Guillot pegged Drew Dileo as a game-changing return man the minute he stepped on campus four years ago.
“I’ve been coaching a long time and I remember an old pro scout told me many years ago, when a guy can make the first guy miss” that’s a dangerous weapon, Guillot said. “He does a great job of making the first guy miss.”
And the second, and occasionally the whole team.
A slot back/receiver/return man who plans to sign with the Michigan football team on Wednesday, Dileo set a slew of offensive records for a Parkview program that routinely competes for state championships.
He caught 73 career passes for 1,193 yards and 14 touchdowns - all school records in Parkview’s triple-option offense. He’s the only Parkview player to ever top 1,000 yards rushing, receiving and on returns - his 5,067 total yards are another all-time mark. And the three-year starter finished his career with four kickoffs and three punts returned for touchdown.
So what’s his primary position?
“All of the above,” Guillot said. “We’d spread it out and throw it to him, we’d bring him in and let him run it. He was return man. Shoot, when it got late in the game, if we needed him at cornerback we’d throw him in at corner, too.”
Dileo, who projects as a slot receiver and return specialist at Michigan, led Parkview to one state championship, another state finals appearance and a 38-4 record in his three seasons on varsity.
He also won two state baseball titles, though he’s giving up that sport this year to concentrate on track and get ready for college football.
That he left the Deep South is something of a coup, though it’s not entirely surprising to those who know him.
Dileo, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, grew up a Michigan fan and committed almost on the spot when the Wolverines offered a scholarship after seeing his highlight tape last year.
“He wanted to commit right away, and I didn’t know much about Drew’s background with Michigan,” Guillot said. “I saw his mom at a baseball game and she said, ‘Well, you know Coach, he loves Michigan, he always has.’ I said, ‘Really?’ He has a quilt on his bed with Michigan on it. He was always kidded by his friends because he was a big Michigan fan.”
So big that Dileo barely even entertained interest from several Southeastern Conference schools that called during the season.
When Guillot told LSU coach Les Miles of Dileo’s decision, Miles, a former Michigan player and assistant coach who wasn’t recruiting Dileo, responded, “He’s going to the second best school in the country."
“He’s just a humble, humble kid,” Guillot said. “When everyone’s leaving, he’s the one in the weight room putting up weights. We have guest speakers every Thursday and have pizza, he’s always there picking up the pizza boxes and stuff like that.
“We like our kids to stay humble and hungry. We preach that to them and preach to them about (being) team players. We talked to Coach Rodriguez about that, and he said one of the things he felt like he had to overcome when he first got to Michigan, there was a lot of I going on.”
Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.