February 20, 2012

Dillard taking campus visits

Canton (Mich.) junior offensive lineman Cameron Dillard is one of the Midwest's hottest prospects. With recent offers from West Virginia, Arizona State, and Virginia Tech, his star is rising in recruiting circles. With so many options on the table, he's visiting as many campuses as possible to make the best decision down the road.

"I've been traveling like crazy," he said. "The past few weeks, I've been to Clemson, Michigan State, West Virginia, and Ohio State. They were all junior days."

He also has another trip coming up to Michigan State next weekend, and the Spartans could be close to offering the 6-3, 285-pounder.

"Michigan State right now is figuring it out," he explained. "There's three guys that they're looking at, and they're only going to be taking one interior guy - they're trying to figure out which of the three to offer. I think I'm on the top of the board right now."

Another in-state school has been in contact, as well. Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk let the local product know he's on the radar. Dillard will try to prove himself by participating in Michigan's senior football camp this summer.

"He said he was very impressed with my film," Dillard said of Funk, "and he would like to see me have more pass-protections since my school is run-dominant. But he invited me to senior camp to see how well I've done this offseason to improve that aspect of my game. I feel like I have something to prove. I've worked too hard to my position to be the best, and I want to show Coach Funk the same thing."

Down the road, Dillard will have a tough college decision to make. Fortunately, his trips around the country will let him determine which school is the best fit.

"When I look at a school, I look for the 'three As': athletics, atmosphere, and academics," he said. "I want to see how well I fit into those programs. I'll have to talk to my parents after all of these visits and weight the pros and cons of each school. Once I do that, I should have a little bit more narrow of a list."

Before he has to worry about making a final choice, though, Dillard is focused on the field. Canton has a long history of success on the gridiron, and he wants to do his part to continue that tradition. In his senior year, he looks to be a leader on the field.

"It's my last opportunity to go out and try to win a state championship," he said. "We want to do the best we can. I want to be a leader for my team, and push the guys and give maximum effort every play, and give back to the program."

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