MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The truly frightening thing about K.J. Dillon is not the size or the speed West Virginia University's freshman safety displays or the danger the combination poses to opponents who dare venture into his part of the football field.
No, the scary part is that though he's been good enough to win state championships in Florida in multiple track events, casually conquer a variety of sports and play football at a level impressive enough to make it here, he has no idea how good he can one day be.
No one does.
"Not really," the 6-foot, 2-inch, 205-pound Dillon said. "I know I can still get better. I've got a lot of room for improvement. But now that I know I have this within me, I know it's up to me to learn how to use it. It's hard. The thing is I can't think. I have to react. I have to know all the things so I'm not thinking."
Dillon is already second string behind junior Darwin Cook at boundary safety. He's being schooled to play nickel back and field safety, not merely because WVU has cornerbacks, nickel backs and safeties meet together, but because Dillon appears to be too good to store on the sideline.
"I'm capable of a lot of things," he said. "I'm capable of hitting hard. I'm capable of running fast. I'm capable of covering guys. I've just got to unlock it. The day I do that, I'll be a much better player."
This is the first time Dillon has focused exclusively on one aspect of football.
He started for three seasons at Apopka High and played in the defensive backfield, but also at running back and receiver - and led the team in receiving as a senior.
His history shows that if he devotes himself to something, he's going to become quite good at it.
"My main thing now is defense," he said. "I want to hit people, I want to cover people. I'm looking forward to figuring it all out."
Then again, Dillon is something of an effortless athlete, a natural competitor, which explains why he is where he is after just 13 days of practice.
"The first time I bowled, I bowled over 200," he said.
Ping pong? Piece of cake. Cards? Spades is simple, "but it depends on my partner." Baseball? That's where things get silly.
Apopka has a fine football pedigree with Sammie Smith, Warren Sapp, Brandon Meriweather and former Marshall safety Rogers Beckett before Dillon. The Blue Darters play good baseball, too, and sent Zack Greinke to the Major Leagues.
When Dillon was a senior, with high school football in his past and college football a few months away, he decided he was going to play baseball.