During the regular season, Killian High School faced several difficulties during its 5-6 season, primarily playing teams located in Miami. However, Jordan Dillard, a sophomore receiver on the squad, often showcased his high-ceiling talent.
“We worked hard this season,” Dillard told Today’s U. “In practice, we try to get everyone to work their hardest so we could get better. I kept motivation on my team and made everyone believe in themself no matter what. It went well for my first year on varsity. Now I have two more years to become great.”
Standing at 6’2″ and 170-pounds, Dillard played a lot from the slot, but the 2018 prospect has the length and athleticism to play wide receiver as well. Judging from his Hudl tape, Dillard has the ability to recognize soft spots in zone coverage and exploit holes in the secondary.
With a tendency to high-point the football, Dillard, who shows good body control, creates a large target downfield for his quarterback. His awareness also lends itself to on-the-fly adjustments during route-running.
Unlike some receivers, Dillard is also a committed downfield blocker.
“I like to block for my teammates,” Dillard said. “I do a great job blocking and I can make it happen when the ball comes my way. I’m also very secure with the ball.”
Showing a great deal of potential, Dillard has garnered early interest from the University of Miami. The Hurricanes program always has a vast presence in the Miami area, and The U is prodding Killian in hopes that Dillard develops into a high-level Division-I recruit down the road.
“I’m on Miami’s recruiting list but do not have an offer,” Dillard said. “They have invited me to their practices but nothig major.”
So far, Dillard has visited the Hurricanes’ campus twice to observe practice and take in the physical nature of a collegiate workout. Dillard shared his thoughts on how Miami ran practice.
“I saw that it was way faster at the next level,” Dillard said. “There is a lot of intensity during their scrimmages. After someone messes up on a play, they go right back and correct it on the next play. There are no arguments. It’s just playing ball and getting better.”
As a receiver, Dillard focused on how that position group performed during practice. Miami has a reputation for producing dynamic, highlight-reel caliber receivers and Dillard’s practice visit showed why.
“They were tall,” Dillard said. “They didn’t rush their routes either. They took their time to get each other open and had clean blocks on outside runs. They looked very comfortable and had speed too.”
With multiple visits under his belt, Dillard now has a good feel for the campus and touched on the facilities.
“I liked their locker room and weight room,” Dillard said. “The campus is bigger than I thought it would be and I like the lounge also.”
Look for Dillard to remain in close contact with the Hurricanes’ coaching staff moving forward.