Kevin Dillman is a name that has all kinds of interest surrounding it. The senior-to-be moved to Lantana from California early in the winter semester, and is primed to be the Guyer quarterback in 2014, but he’s not just any move-in quarterback.
Dillman has a laundry list of high-profile college offers, and back in December when I started reading about him, it sounded like his top two choices personally were Nebraska and Michigan, just from what I’d read.
He’s still waiting on that Michigan offer, which is where 247Sports projects he’ll end up, but he has one from the Big Red, and he made an unofficial visit to Lincoln on Thursday, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
Dillman is undoubtedly a huge talent, and in talking to Guyer coaches, it’s pretty obvious the kid has Division I throwing ability. But it’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the fall because David Haynes, the QB in waiting for the past three seasons, isn’t just going to give the job to Dillman, and neither is head coach John Walsh.
Dillman is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last season in California, and he won’t be a full participant in spring ball, which begins April 28. He’s been cleared to run, but isn’t at full speed yet and will just throw in the spring. Haynes has been groomed for two years now as Jerrod Heard’s backup, and his game fits Guyer’s system perhaps better than Dillman’s with Haynes’ running ability in the QB read game — a huge part of Guyer’s offense. Dillman is listed as a dual threat, but his highlight video almost makes him look more like a pro-style guy.
Is it going to be hard for Walsh to not start a kid with more than a dozen big-time college offers who’s a 4-star recruit and ranked as the No. 10 dual-threat QB in the country? You bet, but if Haynes is the better fit, I wouldn’t put it past him. One advantage Dillman does have is that Haynes has the ability to be a Division I wide receiver, where he started last season with Heard at quarterback, so it would make good sense to put Dillman at QB, perhaps tweak the offense a bit, and have Haynes as a reliable receiver. However, Dillman was a lethal kickoff returner in California, so I imagine he could probably make some noise as a wide receiver, as well.
I’d say we might know more later this month when spring ball begins, but that’s not really true considering Dillman is going to be limited and Haynes will get all of the snaps with the first string in live action.
Want my best guess? I’d guess Dillman is the Guyer QB and Haynes is his safety blanket as a possession type receiver. But rest assured, Dillman isn’t automatically getting the QB1 spot.