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Normal’s 2018 DE Dalton Tevis has been receiving a lot interest from D1 schools. We discussed his offseason training, his lengthy upcoming visit/camp schedule and the schools showing serious interest in him.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 240 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing 7on7 or are you playing any other sports?
DT: I am currently working with an athletic trainer lifting daily and also working on many speed and agility drills. I plan on attending a few linemen challenges with my team this summer. I am also attending many college camps throughout the summer.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
DT: I strongly believe that I will bring a lot of leadership, passion, intensity, hard work, skill, and size in order to help make a college football program successful. I am an extremely hard worker and I love the game of football. I will do whatever it takes in order to help my team succeed on the field, and most importantly in the classroom.
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
DT: As of now I have talked to many different schools. So far I have talked with Lehigh, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Winona State, Dartmouth, Columbia, North Dakota State, McKendree and Colgate.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
DT: I have recently visited Illinois State for the Junior Day and spring practice, Southern Illinois for a spring practice, and Winona State for a spring practice. I am planning on visiting Lehigh next weekend and the Illinois State Spring Game in late April. I also have the following camps planned: Southern Illinois 6/5, Northwestern Chicagoland Showcase 6/9, Northern Illinois 6/17, North Dakota State 6/22-6/24, Illinois State Lineman Camp 6/26, Illinois State One Day Camp 7/5, and Western Illinois in late July.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
DT: In the Classroom, in the weight-room and on the field I am always giving 100%. I hold my teammates accountable and make sure they are doing their job in the classroom, on the field, and in the weight room as well. Also, I have volunteered for the special Olympics a few times. I think it is extremely important to give back to my community.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Marcellus Johnson – He plays offensive tackle at my school could end up being a really good player. He has great size and he is continuing to get stronger.
Peter Bussone – He’s a great player, he has great size, and he is extremely physical. I enjoy going against these guys in practice because they help make me a better overall player.