The commitment of 2014 Richmond (Va.) Collegiate high school quarterback Wilton Speight gave Michigan the shot in the arm it needed in this years recruiting class, opening up the lines of communication that eventually helped land wide receivers Drake Harris and Maurice Ways. What Speight’s commitment also did for the Wolverines is signify the start of further, and more detailed evaluations of quarterbacks in the class of 2015.
One quarterback Michigan is showing plenty of interest in is 2015 La Mirada (Calif.) high school’s, Kevin Dillman. Michigan assistant Dan Ferrigno was in his school Thursday, the third time the Wolverines have been to La Mirada since the New Year.
“Michigan is really high on (him),” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti told GoBlueWolverine. “Coach Borges is going to come out in May and watch us practice and get to see him.
“It went really good,” he continued about Ferrigno's visit. “Coach Ferrigno is a really good guy. He was here for about 45 minutes, talked X’s and O’s, talked football, and where else he’s gone on the recruiting trail. It’s always great to have a coach from Michigan stop on the campus.”
Still a long ways from getting into any sort of discussion about a scholarship offer from the Wolverines -- Dillman already holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Nebraska, Tennessee, and UCLA, among others -- his coach is hoping to get Kevin out to Ann Arbor at some point this summer.
“We’re actually going over some dates to get him on the campus, and see the school, and meet with the academic people, and the facilities,” said Moschetti. “Michigan is a school that Kevin is very interested in.
“Michigan is going to get away from what they’ve done in the past and get back to more what they want to do, which is more of a pro-style, west coast offense. Maybe sprinkling in some physical stuff here and there.”
Up to 6-4 and 225 pounds, Moschetti believes Dillman has the skill set and athleticism to flourish in a spread offense, option, or under center. Add in a tireless work ethic and flame for competition, Dillman brings some intangibles to the quarterback position as well.
“He’s in the best shape of his life,” said Moschetti. “The first thing -- when Kevin walked in -- coach said, ‘He’s grown, looks like another half inch and 10 pounds.’ And Kevin’s a very focused kid. His make-up is exceptional.
“Right now we condition three days a week at 5:30am, something that we call ‘CONVENTUS,’ and it’s just an hour straight of mental and physical toughness. A lot of schools that have come through and watched the kids do that, in particular Kevin, they’re just fascinated by the way he competes, how he finishes each drill, and the most important aspect, I think, is leadership.
“He’s a kid that’s very vocal, he gets in your face, he challenges you -- in a positive way. If there’s somebody not giving 100 percent he’s the first person getting in their face to do it.”
Although the distance between La Mirada and the big house is right around 2300 miles, if Dillman were to end up playing for the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, he’d be 2300 miles closer to his original home -- Sweden. He’d be just an ocean away.
“Kevin came out here freshman year, by himself, and left his family in Sweden, so he knows how to play in cold weather,” said Moschetti. “He’s not home sick, he’s focused. Kevin wants to -- like all quarterbacks, they want to play in a pro-style offense and the ultimate goal is to play in the NFL. So he’d like to play at a school that’s going to prepare him to play in the NFL.
“But, in saying that, he’s also very interested in the school’s academic prestige. All I know is the moment Michigan left the campus today; I had about five text messages from Kevin’s dad, thousands of miles away in Sweden, but wanted to know how it went. ‘How’s Michigan,’ and, ‘we’re really high on Michigan, what did the coach say?’ Michigan is a school that will definitely be in the mix until February of 2015.”
Dillman played all over the field (quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, kick return) for La Mirada in 2012, despite missing nine games due to injury.
Here's highlights of Dillman from his sophomore season at La Mirada: