Coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes gave the little-known wide receiver from La Mirada, California his first BCS offer on January 25th, and from there, Dallis Todd has blown up. Offers from Nebraska, Tennessee, Arizona State, Iowa State, Clemson, Florida, Texas A&M, and Colorado State surely contributed to Dallis' revised 4-star rating from 247Sports.com.
Dallis grades out as a 91 overall, is ranked the 264th best overall prospect in the country, the 30th best wide receiver in the country, and the 28th best prospect from California, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings. Dallis is one to keep an eye on, as he is fairly new to recruiting services and their rankings. The Buckeyes were one of the very first to reach out, and this recruiting process will surely be interesting as Todd garners more and more national interest. I caught up with the wide receiver phenom from out west, get a chance to know Dallis as he discussed Ohio State, his recruiting process, his Columbus visit plans, and much more:
How'd your junior season at La Mirada go?
It was good. It was kind of disappointing because we lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
What about your season from a personal standpoint?
Personally, I had 72 catches, 1,041 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
What's your favorite part about playing Wide Receiver?
That's a really tough question. I like everything about it, actually. Scoring touchdowns is my favorite part, probably.
What is your biggest strength?
What part of your game do you need to work on the most?
Everything. I always want to get better at everything.
Let's get into your recruitment now. What are the main schools recruiting you currently?
All the schools really that have offered me and are recruiting me are my "main schools." Ohio State, Tennessee, Clemson, Arizona State, all of them. All the schools that have offered me.
Of all the schools recruiting you, are there any coaching staffs that stand out or that you have the best relationships with?
No, I have great relationships with all of them.
What do you like about Ohio State?
Number one, my relationship with the coaching staff. Number two, just the Ohio State program. Those two things stand out to me.
Who is the main coach from Ohio State recruiting you? How often do you speak, and what do you guys talk about?
Coach [Tim] Hinton. We speak about once a week. We just joke around and have normal conversation. He actually called me about five minutes ago, making sure I have my ticket and everything is all set for my April 6th visit.
What have been your best college visits so far?
Well, I've only been to USC (Southern California) for their junior day. It's right down the street from me. The visit went well. We mainly talked about academics at USC, actually. I did get a chance to talk to the coaching staff.
I know it's early, but do you have any idea of when you want to announce your decision?
I have no idea of a specific date. I want to take all of my official visits before announcing anything.
Do you plan on attending any of Ohio State's camps this summer?
I actually just talked to Coach Hinton about it. I'm still thinking about it.
How do you deal with the pressure of the recruiting process and being such a highly touted recruit?
There definitely is a lot of pressure, but I just stay focused on school. I stay busy with football and hitting the weight room.
Do you speak with any other recruits in the 2014 class or discuss the idea of playing together in college?
I talk with Tyler [Luatua] all the time. We joke around about playing together, but we've both agree we're both open to playing anywhere and everywhere.
Did you get a chance to watch the Buckeyes this past season? Which players did you like watching the best?
Yeah. Braxton Miller was the number one guy I watched. I actually thought he should have been up for the Heisman.
Will Ohio State be one of your official visits next fall?
Yes, Ohio State will be one of my officials. I talked with Coach Hinton about being able to get to a home game next fall and see the atmosphere there.
Role Models: My parents
Best Subject in School: I'd say History.
Hobbies: Hanging with friends or family. It's hard to pick something non-sports related because I'm always doing something related to football.
Movies: My favorite movie of all time is The Green Mile.
TV Shows: ESPN.
Favorite Sports Teams: For the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys. For the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder. For college football, I just watch whoever is on TV.
Watch what Dallis would bring to the Buckeyes below:
Thanks again to Dallis for a great interview and taking the time to give Buckeye Nation a chance to get to know you. Good luck in the recruiting process and your senior season.
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