Phillip Dillard is regarded as one of the finest prospects in Oklahoma and one of the premiere linebacker prospects in the country. A Nebraska commit for a while now, he was visited recently by Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan and defensive line coach John Blake. How did he like the visit and did it help to reaffirm his commitment to Nebraska?
Phillip Dillard is a firm member of the University of Nebraska's 2004 recruiting class and that
doesn't look to be changing in the near future. Just to be sure, however, Head Coach
Bill Callahan and Coach John Blake visited Phillip in his home to chat one on
one with the four-star prospect.
The visit got rave reviews from Dillard himself. "It was good, it went really well. We
just talked about how much the program is changing and how next year will be
great. We just need, like, a left
tackle and a few others and we'll be set.
(We talked about) how I could come in next year as a freshman and set the
tone," said Dillard.
Dillard picked up some interesting impressions about Coach
Callahan. "He's really cool, really
nice guy, you can tell he's really honest and that he really cares about his
athletes and that he's going to be loyal and he's a very patient guy." Coach Callahan wasn't the only member of
coaching staff who was praised by Dillard.
"Coach Blake is great, you can tell how much love he has especially. Brandon Teamer said how much love he
shows towards them and how good of a coach he is," said Dillard.
Phillip was impressed with how Nebraska didn't just accept his commitment and
then move on without another word to him.
"It was really cool how I committed and they came down and showed
commitment to me," he said. Dillard
feels that it solidified his feelings about Nebraska even more so. Will Nebraska be visiting Phillip again? "If they come back to Oklahoma, probably but I'm already 100% Nebraska," he said.
has been taking time out of his busy schedule to follow his future team and has
a positive outlook on the Cornhuskers' future. "They did good with running the
ball. They just go straight to the
West Coast Offense with run-blocking receivers and a run-blocking line and they
still won five games. They still
showed that here in the future, within a year or two, they're going to be back
to winning national championships and having nothing but winning seasons," said
Dillard. He also make sure to keep
in contact with fellow Nebraska commitment Craig Roark. "I talked to him yesterday, we just
talked about how much fun we're gonna have when we get there. He was telling me to play good in the
state game since he'll be here to watch."
Dillard's Jenks team plays Union for the
state championship in Phillip's final game.