Guyer senior Kevin Dillman, left, encourages sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson (3) late in Guyer's playoff loss to Southlake Carroll last month at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Dillman was ruled ineligible to play his senior season despite being committed to Nebraska since the spring. On Tuesday, Dillman had his Nebraska offer pulled. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Kevin Dillman has had a pretty rough year, to say the least.
The Guyer senior, who moved to Texas from La Mirada (Calif.) in January, was ruled ineligible in August to play his senior season for the Wildcats and spent the season on the junior varsity while holding several major college offers and committing to Nebraska as a quarterback back in the spring.
Along the way, Dillman and the Guyer coaching staff decided to work him in at the tight end/H-back position, and it was quickly evident he excelled there and had a future at the next level. At 6-3, 230 pounds and now finally healthy after rehabbing a torn achilles tendon suffered as a junior, Dillman appeared ready to hit the ground running at Nebraska this summer.
But that’s not the case anymore. Nebraska fired head coach Bo Pelini last month and hired Mike Riley away from Oregon State, and on Tuesday, Dillman said he had his offer pulled from Nebraska.
He then tweeted “this is a bump in the road for me to fulfill my dreams and goals. I will find a way.” If you take Guyer head coach John Walsh’s word for it, Dillman will still have a bright future in college football, despite the bumps in the road.
“His character and how he handles himself as a leader in our program — you don’t have enough characters to write as far as what I want to say about him because I think he’s as top-notch as there is,” Walsh said. “That’s why I know he’s going to find a place and it’s all going to work out in the end.”
Walsh said he was all-in on Dillman’s re-opened recruiting and was working hard to get him chances elsewhere. He said despite his short time of playing somewhere other than quarterback, where the Sweden native has played since he was junior-high age, Dillman’s size, work ethic and athleticism will make him a good college H-back or tight end.
“Since Kevin’s been at Guyer he’s had as good a work ethic as anyone who’s been raised here from the seventh grade on up,” Walsh said. “I think he’s a Division I football player, and we’re going to find a place for him to land.”