February 3, 2012

Dillard picks up multiple BCS offers

One of the top recruits in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013 is Cameron Dillard of Canton High School. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect is seeing his stock rise significantly this winter. SpartanMag.com has the latest on his recruitment.

Dillard is a player that the Michigan State staff has been evaluating closely the past 12 months. During that time, he has improved his level of play significantly through hard work both on and off the football field. That dedication to improve his game paid off this fall as Dillard was selected to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team after an outstanding junior campaign. Since his junior season ended, college coaches have been able to evaluate him and several schools have pulled the trigger on a scholarship. We spoke with Dillard about the recent recruiting action.

"To date, I have received offers from Oregon, Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, and Buffalo, Dillard said. "I really appreciate all these schools having the faith in me by extending verbal offers to their programs."

Dillard has been very active this past fall and winter visiting schools and getting to know the coaching staffs. He was at Michigan State for multiple games this past fall and will be on campus again this coming weekend to see the Spartans and Wolverines battle on the basketball court. We asked him about his upcoming schedule as far as college visits.

"I will be on hand this weekend to watch the Spartans play the Wolverines," he said. "It should be an exciting game, but more importantly I am looking forward being in East Lansing. As far as what schools I intend to visit for the remainder of February include West Virginia on the 11th, followed by Ohio State on the 12th, and right now I am trying to work out the details to be at Virginia Tech on the 18th.

Michigan State is in a very unique position when it comes to offensive line recruiting. The staff addressed the interior guard spots very well in 2012, but did not hit the tackle spot. The staff wanted to add another tackle prospect to the class, but missed on Kyle Dodson of Ohio. Scholarships will once again be at a premium in 2013 and SpartanMag.com expects they will only sign 3 linemen at most. Two of the scholarships will likely go to tackle prospects. That leaves one scholarship for an interior player. Dillard is one of a few select player the staff is taking a serious look at for that potential spot. We asked Dillard about his recent contact with the Spartan staff.

I talked to Coach Staten a few weeks ago while he was driving to Pittsburgh. It was a great conversation. I think I have already shared with you how much I like the staff at Michigan State and what Coach Dantonio has done with the program."

In addition to checking out colleges, Dillard is continuing to work hard on his off-season training program. Dillard works on his speed and strength training with former Michigan Coach Mike Barwis and his offensive line skills with former Detroit Lion Lomas Brown. Few players put in the effort in the off-season hours that Dillard does. That hard work has certainly paid off in recent weeks. You can be sure that Michigan State will be actively involved with Dillard's recruitment in the coming months.

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