Nu är det alltså klart att Kevin Dillman, som alldeles nyligen bytte high school från La Mirada i Kalifornien till Guyer i Texas, kommer att spela med NCAA DI laget Nebraska Cornhuskers under sin tid på college med start 2015.
Nebraska är ett anrikt lag och har troligen collegevärldens trognaste fans. “The Sea of Red” som fansen på läktarna brukar kallas innehar rekordet med flest antal slutsålda matcher i rad med sina 333 st. Att fylla Memorial Stadium är ingen lätt match heller då den rymmer uppåt 90.000 personer! Så vi kan vänta oss att Kevin får ett varm välkomnande när han drar på sig den rödvita uniformen framöver.
Det har redan skrivits en hel del om Kevin och hans val av skola. Nedan kan ni läsa ur två av dessa.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers scored a major recruiting victory on Saturday by landing Swedish quarterback Kevin Dillman during his visit to Lincoln.
Dillman told the media during his visit that his relationship with Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck and the overall quality of his visit were strong factors in his decision, according to Mike Schaefer of 247 Sports:
“Me and my family are on a visit and it’s been a great visit,” Dillmansaid. “I’ve had a relationship with coach (Tim) Beck for a long time. They did a great job of recruiting me.”
A 3-star composite quarterback out of Denton, Texas (Guyer High School), Dillman was a coveted prospect who received offers from schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas and California. He totaled 13 offers and was the No. 238-ranked player in the country and No. 9 dual-threat quarterback.
Standing at 6’4″ and 220 pounds, Dillman’s dual-threat skill set makes him an ideal fit in the Cornhuskers offense upon arrival. He was once a 5-star prospect at 247 Sports, but an Achilles injury his junior year seemingly impacted the rating as he missed time, according to AdamBoedker of The Dallas Morning News.
As ESPN’s Max Olson illustrates, Dillman is quite the intriguing story:
Dillman came to America from Sweden as a foreign exchange student his freshman year, impressed coaches, went back and became a full United States citizen and is now the Cornhuskers’ next big thing under center.
Speaking of Nebraska, the big signing is the seventh for the Cornhuskers in the 2015 class, which puts them at No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 11 overall—up four spots in 247 Sports’ rankings.
Dillman will have to battle the likes of Tommy Armstrong and others at the position once he arrives on campus, not to mention help to fill the shoes of names of past greats such as Taylor Martinez in one of the nation’s top conferences.
Note: All info courtesy of 247 Sports.
It may be more than just icing to a good start, though. It’s bold to say, but this could be a program-changing type of commit for Nebraska.
Dillman is a perfect fit for the Huskers and given his raw talent, Nebraska fans, coaches, players and alums should get excited. Dillman is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range, is athletic enough to play all over the field (he did at La Mirada High in California for a while) and has a strong and accurate arm. He’s Tim Tebow-esque in terms of athletic skill set.
You could contrast the two by saying Tebow had superior intangibles and game instincts (at quarterback) coming out of Nease High in the 2006 class while Dillman has a better arm. Otherwise, they are similar. Granted Dillman, who will play this season at Denton (Texas) Guyer, has some developing to do (so did Tebow), but he’s going into an offensive system that is tailor-made for a big-time athlete at quarterback. He will be put in position to use his athleticism and arm talent to make big plays.
With apologies to Johnny Stanton and Zack Darlington — both excellent quarterback prospects coming out of high school — and the others that have headed to Lincoln the past 20 years, Dillman has more baseline talent than any quarterback Nebraska has signed since Tommie Frazier.
He’s not close to Frazier yet, though. A native of Sweden, Dillman has developing to do as he is still somewhat new to American football (came over prior to his freshman year of high school), both this season as a high school senior and at Nebraska. It will take Dillman and his coaches working to maximize that talent and he is set up to do so considering the systems he’s heading into, but you never really know, especially at this spot. Dillman has to master the nuances of playing the position at a high level and blend his superior athletic talent with a second-nature type execution of knowledge of the game during the live action.
He’s capable, though. If it all comes together for him, watch out. This is a prospect with the type of ability, given the critical position that he plays, that could lead the Huskers to Big Ten title games, national playoff berths and perhaps enter into the Heisman Trophy conversation.
It’s usually smart to avoid such talk about any recruit, but this one is a no-brainer in terms of having that type of upside.
With his commitment earlier today, Nebraska moved up to No. 11 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings for the 2015 cycle. The Huskers have seven verbal commitments.