Kevin Dillman has been a part of the Guyer football program for just more than two months, but he’s already made quite the impression on the coaching staff and his new teammates.
Because of that, Guyer head coach John Walsh said he sees why Dillman had a long list of big-time college offers when he took a visit to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend for an unofficial visit to the Cornhuskers.
When he returns to Denton, Dillman will do so as an official pledge to the Nebraska football program after he gave his verbal commitment on Saturday. He announced the decision on Twitter, and Walsh confirmed it.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2015 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4.
Dillman chose to commit to the Cornhuskers over 15 other Football Bowl Subdivision offers, including defending national champion Florida State and runner-up Auburn.
Walsh said even though he’s only been around Dillman for a short time, he can already see a natural leader, aside from his obvious talent on the field. Recruiting website 247Sports rated Dillman a four-star recruit and the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.
“Just from the first day until now, it’s been easy to see that he’s got all the intangibles of a quarterback,” Walsh said. “He’s a team-first guy. He’s been watching film and trying to learn our offense since the day he got here. Watching him throw, he’s as good a passer as anyone who’s come through here.”
Dillman could potentially replace Jerrod Heard, a three-year starter under center for the Wildcats who led the team to back-to-back Class 4A Division I state titles and signed with Texas in February.
Dillman played quarterback in La Mirada, Calif., the past three seasons before moving to Lantana in January. His junior season was cut short when he tore his Achilles tendon, which he is still rehabbing, forcing him to miss the season’s final four games. He won’t be a full participant in Guyer’s spring football slate, which begins April 28, but has been physically cleared to participate in all team drills.
Dillman is a native of Sweden but is a United States citizen. He has played on the Swedish national football team.
Dillman will get competition for the starting job from David Haynes, who has come up in Guyer’s system since he was a seventh-grader at Harpool Middle School. Walsh said he received a phone call from the TCU coaching staff requesting Haynes attend the Horned Frogs’ spring game, giving Walsh two quarterbacks with FBS interest.
“It’s going to be a healthy competition over the next four or five months,” Walsh said. “When you have two quality quarterbacks like we do, and they’re both high character guys and worried about the Guyer Wildcats first, it’s going to be a good thing. They both want to be the quarterback, make no mistake, but they work together and there’s no animosity there, nor will there be.”