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High school football: Jackson Dillon recovers from infection, ready to play for gold ball

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound running back still ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns in semifinal victory over Texhoma
by Ryan Aber Published: December 5, 2012

Dillon's recruiting blew up this summer after he and his father, Rick, sent film to about 40 schools.

Rick played for OU in the mid-to-late '80s.

It didn't take long for one, Memphis, to take a chance and extend an offer.

Dillon quickly committed to the Tigers and coach Justin Fuente, a former Sooner quarterback.

That hasn't stopped more coaches from knocking on his door.

Oklahoma State's Bill Young went to one of Ringling's games. Tulsa and other programs have come knocking as well.

While Dillon said he still feels comfortable with Memphis, he's also not closing any doors.

“The only knock on him is he's a skinny kid,” Gandy said. “Surely they can put 30 pounds on him pretty easily. Right now, he doesn't sit still long enough to gain weight. He works like a Trojan.”

Gandy doesn't limit his assessment of Dillon's work ethic to the football field or even the classroom, either.

Dillon also works on a ranch in the Ringling area during the summer and has helped Gandy at his ranch.

“He'll be out there working daylight to dark,” Gandy said. “He's just a good kid and whoever takes him will get an outstanding human.”

For now, Dillon has one more goal to accomplish — hoisting the gold ball.

That's a memory Dillon hope he gets to keep forever.