"It was really about the coaches at Nebraska," Guyer head coach John Walsh said. "Kevin has been recruited by the Nebraska staff for a long time and they have done a great job recruiting them. He was very impressed by the facilities while he was there this weekend on his visit as well. Nebraska also offers great academic support for their student-athletes and I know that was key for his decision."
The story of Dillman is definitely unique. As a 13-year old Dillman was on the Sweden national team playing with a group that was filled with 18 and 19-year olds. As a freshman, backup quarterback at La Mirada (Calif.) programs such as UCLA and Colorado saw enough potential to offer. He was on a tourist visa and submitted paperwork to be a legal American citizen.
"His parents still live in Sweden. They were with him this weekend in Lincoln because they have been here in the states for a couple of weeks. I know that was important for Kevin to get that chance to involve his family with his decision."
Coach Walsh is very familiar with Nebraska's offensive coordinator Tim Beck. Coach Beck has recruited the Dallas area for years and Coach Walsh knows what Nebraska is looking for in their sign callers. Coach Walsh feels that Dillman has the right skill set to go to Nebraska and play quarterback.
"It's a complicated system so you have to have intelligence first and Kevin is an extremely bright person and he understands through film study. You have to make the right decisions and know what you are looking for on any particular play. Also, you have to be able to throw the football well and have mobility at that position. Kevin has a good arm and he is a very good athlete. I think that he's a tremendous fit for their offense."
Seeing that Kevin can play in the Nebraska offense is much different than taking what Dillman had been running in California and applying it to the offense at Guyer; it's very different. That being said Coach Walsh says that Dillman has been putting in the time to pick up what he needs to do and learn the offense. The spring is going to be critical for their offense to come together and working on team chemistry.
"We run a much different offense at Guyer than what Kevin was running at La Mirada," Coach Walsh said. "He's definitely got a lot on his plate that he needs to learn. He's been working hard to get up to speed and get acclimated. This spring is going to be extremely important for our team getting that time to work together."