State football programs showing interest in Polk’s Overholt

Published 3:26 pm Monday, February 5, 2018

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.

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“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.”

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