January 16, 2012

Dillard in frequent contact with MSU

Class of Offensive line prospect Cameron Dillard of Canton High School currently has 4 scholarship offers. A recent update surprised many Spartan fans about his top choices. We spoke with the 6-foot-3, 285-pound prospect and got some details.

Dillard recently traveled to San Antonio, Texas to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Combine. The Combine featured over 500 prospects from across the nation. We spoke with him about that event and what he learned from it.

"Being in San Antonio was a great experience to able to go against some of the best in the country," Dillard said. "I had a 28.5" vertical and bench pressing 185 lbs. for 35 reps. I still have some work to do on my pass protection, but I feel it has come a long way in a year."

The way the Army Combine is set up the majority of drills are pass protection. That helps some prospects while it hurts others. Dillard's performance is not a surprise due to the fact that he comes from a program that focuses a lot on the run game, just like 20132 commitments Benny McGowan and Zach Higgins.

Higgins is a great example of the type of payer Dillard compares favorably to at this point in his development. The Marlington High School prospect was very impressive as a run blocker at the Spartan camp, but did struggle in pass protection at times. The good news is that Spartan staff believes pass protection is something that can be taught, but toughness and physicality cannot. The key is having good feet and balance, something the staff tests for extensively at summer camp.

One thing that surprised many Spartans fans recently was an update following the combine in which Dillard indicated that the Clemson Tigers were his top choice. We asked Dillard if that was the case and if the Tigers are the team to beat for his services?

"I like Clemson a lot," he stated. "Coach Caldwell just want kids that are tough and will get it done up front. He doesn't care about height, but if they are willing to work. However, I have been to East Lansing so much that I know wearing the Spartan Green is ultimately the best fit for me if that offer presents itself."

Dillard has a very good rapport with the Michigan State staff. Ne has been to campus numerous occasions and always enjoys his time in East Lansing. We talked about his contact with the Spartan staff.

"I talked to Coach Samuel yesterday and Coach Staten the day before," Dillard said. "They both seemed optimistic about me being a Spartan in 2013, which truly makes me happy. Coach Samuel said he was going to be in my school this week."

Dillard indicated that his plans for the next few weeks will include checking out a few junior days and most importantly continuing to work hard to improve his skills. Dillard has an extensive off-season training program that focuses on all aspects of his development, speed, strength and technique.

SpartanMag.com will continue to update fans on his recruitment. With early scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo, Dillard is well on his way to being a BCS level recruit.

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