State football programs showing interest in Polk’s Overholt
The stress of making a college decision is negated for Dillon Overholt by a simple fact. He’s going to be playing college football somewhere this fall.
The stress of making a college decision is negated for Dillon Overholt by a simple fact.
He’s going to be playing college football somewhere this fall.
The Polk County senior is drawing interest from a handful of state schools, with both scholarship and preferred walk-on offers in hand, giving Overholt a tough choice but one he is happy to make.
“Not having to reach out to schools and wonder if I’m ever going to play again has a nice feel to it,” Overholt said.
The Wolverine standout is finalizing financial aid details, but once those are complete, he expects official offers from Lenoir-Rhyne, Wingate and Mars Hill.
Western Carolina and UNC Charlotte, the lone Division I program in the mix to date, have also offered Overholt a chance to join their programs as a preferred walk-on, meaning Overholt would join the program but without an athletic scholarship.
“I really like UNC Charlotte. I love the idea of walking on there,” Overholt said. “They want me to come in and play outside linebacker, which is ideally where I want to play. In talking with Lenoir-Rhyne, they also want me at outside linebacker.
“All the coaches I’ve been talking with have been great to me. I don’t like hurting people’s feeling, so it’s a little stressful trying to pick one.”
Overholt certainly didn’t hurt his college chances with his play in the recent Food City Border Bowl All-Star Game in Sevierville, Tenn. Playing at free safety for North Carolina, Overholt stopped a Georgia drive with a goal-line interception.
He also was named one of the team captains for the North Carolina squad, which dropped a 17-7 decision to Georgia.
“It was awesome and phenomenal. I really enjoyed it,” Overholt said. “Playing with some of the best players in North Carolina, I enjoyed it so much.
“I wish the interception would have meant something, but it’s always good to get a pick.”