Ann Arbor, MI — AJ Dillon is a quick 6 footer with balance and speed. The type of running back that needs to leave Massachusetts if he wants to play for a powerhouse. Pictures like this are the only way to truly put his mass appeal in perspective.
After careful deliberation, AJ Dillon committed to Michigan and in doing so he decided to join forces with one of the most talented rosters in college football. Any recruit who commits to Michigan’s class of 2017 has to be highly competitive and ready to fight every day to earn a starting spot. As it stands, their incoming class is currently ranked 9th in the country, but signing day isn’t until February and it’s safe to say Jim Harbaugh is going to play to whistle when it comes to recruiting.
Over the past decade, roughly 50% of Wolverine’s roster has been from Michigan or Ohio, but Harbaugh’s recruiting pipelines are changing all that. He’s been setting up satellite camps all over the country and is picking up top talent in New Jersey, Florida and in Dillon’s case Massachusetts. AJ is from Groton, MA and for the last few seasons he’s been putting on a clinic at running back for Lawrence Academy.
What used to look like a regional all-star team is shaping up to look like a dream team with representatives from every corner of the country coming to Ann Arbor to play football for the Wolverines. Massachusetts isn’t known for their football talent and Dillon’s commitment to Michigan is a testament to Jim Harbaugh’s the new recipe for success.
Michigan football is back and you can thank the east coast for that because players like Jabrill Peppers from New Jersey and AJ Dillon from Massachusetts are just the beginning.
Hometown: Groton, MA
Weight: 228 lbs
Highlights from our interview with AJ:
Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to Football?
A: “My grandfather Thomas Gatewood, Notre Dame great. He’s in the NCAA Hall of Fame.”
Q: Outside of school and football, what’s your favorite interest or hobby?
Q: Have you decided on what you’d like to major in at Michigan in the fall?
A: “I’m thinking communications”
Q: What made you choose Michigan over all your other offers?
A: “Academics, athletics , atmosphere ( the three A’s)”
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