Dillon O'Carroll, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman from Washington High in Tulsa, Okla., may have been the player who helped his stock the most after a dominating performance at the U.S. Army Combine.
“We got there in the morning and the first thing I did is run the forty (40-yard dash), and I felt like I ran a good time, they did not show us the times, but I felt like I ran a fast time,” O’Carroll began. “But I felt fast. I have been working out since November because we did not make the playoffs because of the eligibility issue. So I felt fast in the 40, I felt fast in the agility, and my vert (vertical jump) was like 22 (inches). I felt like I was one of the most athletic linemen there.”
O’Carroll performed well in the testing, but he really got his shine when the one-on-one competition began.
“So then we did the one-on-ones and I went somewhere in the teens, so I went a lot and I went up against some of the top guys and I held my own. I put one guy in the barricade. There were sometimes that I did fantastic. It is really geared for the defensive linemen to win, but if you do well as an offensive lineman there then you know you have done well. I felt like I did fantastic and I felt like I was one of the top offensive linemen there.”
“I felt like I gave 110 percent and I left there with no regrets. I did everything I could in my power to get my name out there and try to get as close to scholarship offers as I can and I felt like the experience was worth going out there and I felt like I did a good job.”
O’Carroll was the lone lineman to hold his own against the highly regarded DT Desmond Jackson from Westfield High, who earned praise and rave reviews from every scout in attendance.
“I talked to him (Jackson) in the hotel before the thing started and I knew he was a nice guy and I was looking forward to going against him and the coach called us out, because the coach knew from my previous reps that I was capable of going against him and I held my own against him and my confidence was through the roof. I felt like I could have taken anyone there,” O’Carroll reported. “But he was a beast.”
O’Carroll has yet to reel in offer number one, but he has a nice list of schools showing him interest already and it may only be a matter of time before schools start to come calling with offers.
“Arkansas was the first school that the coach contacted me from, but I have schools like Arkansas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Stanford, UCLA, and OSU sending me letters,” O’Carroll said when asked about school of interest. “I think it would be cool to go to UCLA or somewhere out West like San Diego State or maybe even Cal. I would also love to go to Notre Dame.”
One thing that may help O’Carroll’s recruitment is his versatility. He played guard and defensive tackle for the BTW Hornets in ’09, but could be a perfect fit at center in college.
“Most of the people there said I was probably a center, but Calvin (Calvin Barnett) played center, but I can snap. My brother played center and he played with Felix Jones and Michael Harris, but I can snap. I felt like I was the most athletic lineman there.”
O’Carroll is already a surefire qualifier with a 3.5 core GPA and a 24 on the ACT.