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Posted on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 11:27 a.m.

Dangerous Drew Dileo ready to sign with Michigan football team Wednesday

By Dave Birkett

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.”

• 2010 Michigan football recruiting commitment list

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.


Paul Pinard

Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 4:03 p.m.

for those out there who continue to bash kids that are under six foot tall as incoming recruits I want to throw a few names out there. Desmond Howard, John Kolesar, Jamie Morris, I think Anthony Carter was listed at 5'11" meaning he was probably 5'10", Mike Hart, Garland Rivers, Barry Sanders, Mike Tyson, Tim Dwight, Archie Griffin, Trindon Holliday (10.00 hundred meter return man for LSU, if you think Denard Robinson is fast you have no idea what this kid could do to him on a track) Jamie Morris was listed at 5'7" and about 185 lbs., in all of Michigan's history he's the guy you want with the ball if you absolutely had to make the right cut and find the hole for positive yardage. Sports are about the size of your heart and desire. I am so glad to see RichRod going after these guys, it will payoff, he doesn't just know more about football than all of you, he knows more about life!


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 3:08 p.m.

Um...What's the Dileo?


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 2:48 p.m.

McGuffie also got tackled behind the line numerous times because of the horrible blocking and offensive line. All these potential offensive weapons are nice to read and fantasize about, but their big need is defensive talent and getting them experience.


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 2:28 p.m.

does wes welker come to mind here. there are a lot of winers on here. this year rich rod has no excuse.


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 1:40 p.m.

5-foot-9 and 170 pounds....sounds just like big 10 material to me.


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 1:04 p.m.

The McGuffie situation is much different. McGuffie was on a team with few offensive weapons, barely an offense. Steven Threet had no athletecism, no arm...basically, not much talent to speak of at all. Every time McGuffie ran the ball between the tackles (not what he was built to do) he got lit up. When McGuffie was in the open field we saw his true capabilities, but that was few and far between. They aren't going to run Drew Dileo between the tackles, I can assure you that. Dileo will be put in a position that enhances his abilities...McGuffie wasn't.

Tater 2.0

Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 12:34 p.m.

@Theo212 How can you give examples of where speed did not equal everthing. That doesnt make sense. If it werent for Supermans powers, I could beat him up.


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 12:18 p.m.

Nice quote by Miles.


Mon, Feb 1, 2010 : 12:17 p.m.

Michigan, as a whole, experienced what attrition and dissent can do to undermine a program early on during a transition. Michigan got through the storm with some bumps and bruises to our pride, but that is all behind Michigan now. Now that the "I's" are gone, Rich Rodriguez is plugging in HIS ideal recruits for HIS brand of football. Rich Rodriguez is doing work. He has not wavered from what has made him successful everywhere he has coached. The True Michigan Faithful will not be disappointed come September 10'... HAIL...TO THE VICTORS VALIANT, HAIL...TO THE CONQUERING HEROES, HAIL,HAIL TO MICHIGAN THE LEADERS AND BEST!