Grad Transfer OL Cam Dillard Eager to See UNC Practice

Florida's former starting center is set to officially visit UNC next week.

Offensive line graduate transfer Cameron Dillard will officially visit North Carolina next week. The 6-foot-4, 313-pound offensive lineman, who has started 19 games at center for Florida, will arrive on campus on Monday and depart on Wednesday.

"I want to learn what the program is all about," Dillard said. "I want to see how things are ran and done in practice, because I'm only going to be there for football season and that's it. To be honest with you, all the other recruiting stuff -- I get it, it's important -- but it's not something that's high on my priority list. I'm here for one year to help make the most of it and continue to get my name out there so I can hopefully set myself up for possibly playing in the NFL."

Smack dab in the middle of Dillard's UNC official visit will be the Tar Heels' first spring practice. That isn't merely a coincidence.

"That's basically why I'm taking it when I am," Dillard said. "Like I said, I'm only going to be there for the football season, so I might as well see what football is like."

Being able to evaluate spring practice is also why Dillard officially visited Arizona last weekend -- that's when Wildcats were beginning their spring practice.

Speaking of Arizona, it is the only other school that Dillard is considering.

"I've eliminated a whole bunch of schools, and Arizona and North Carolina have my interest," Dillard said. "Everything else wasn't for me."

Two days after returning from UNC, Dillard will go on vacation. Shortly after returning a week later, he'll choose between Arizona and UNC.

"I'm just going to take some time off and just relax," Dillard said. "And then I'll come back and make a decision."

Dillard's final day of classes at Florida is April 19. He'll then enroll at his chosen school in May.

Being a grad transfer, Dillard will be eligible to play this coming season, his final year of eligibility. 

Dillard, a Canton, Mich. native, has spent the past four years at Florida. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games, starting the first 11 at center. This past season, he started the first eight games at center, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

"I just thought it was the best move for my career," Dillard said. "Things just fell into place and led me to the decision to grad transfer."

In January, UNC jumped into the picture.

"They just messaged me and we just started talking," Dillard said. "We just kept in contact and have been building a relationship."

The majority of Dillard's communication with UNC has been through Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels' offensive line coach.

"He's constantly communicating with me," Dillard said. "There's only so much you can learn within six months of time with each other. The more you communicate, the better that relationship will be."

Understandably, Dillard will pay close attention to how Kapilovic coaches during Tuesday's spring practice. 

"I want to see what he's all about," Dillard said. "I want to see his coaching style and go from there."

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