As he heads into sequestration, offensive line graduate transfer Cameron Dillard admits that he's privately leaning towards one school.
"I'm going on vacation this week and I'll really sit down and think about things," Dillard said. "I want to make a decision pretty soon."
Dillard, a 6-foot-4, 313-pounder, has spent the past four years at Florida, where he started 19 games at center. In January, he announced his intentions to transfer from UF. Although many schools inquired, the Canton, Mich. native quickly zeroed in on Arizona and North Carolina. He'll leave for a family cruise on Friday morning, return home a week later, and make a final decision shortly thereafter.
In February, Dillard took official visits to both finalists. The main objective of both trips was to evaluate the schools' football programs, primarily through observing a spring practice. The final trip, UNC, concluded on Wednesday.
"Coach [Larry] Fedora runs a tough practice," Dillard said. "He makes sure his guys are always sprinting on the field; that was something he kept preaching: never walk on the field.
"It was good to see all the guys in action and see how everything was ran. They're a very uptempo offense. They like to get the ball outside in space. But, there's only so much you can see in a non-padded practice."
Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach, covered any additional questions Dillard had. The two spent a lot of time together throughout Dillard's three days in Chapel Hill.
"He was just showing me all the possibilities that North Carolina has to offer for an offensive lineman," Dillard said. "He showed me all the guys that he worked with over the past five, six years."
Kapilovic told Dillard that he's being pursued to compete for playing time at center.
In 2015, Dillard appeared in 13 games for Florida, starting the first 11 at center. This past season, he started the first eight games at center, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Dillard says he didn't have a player host in the traditional sense. But, Bentley Spain, UNC's starting left tackle, accompanied Dillard and his wife during every meal and introduced them to other offensive linemen.
"It seemed like a really cool group to be around," Dillard said. "Bentley is a pretty down-to-earth guy. It was good to have him at dinner and be able to talk to him about whatever and get his perspective."
Before concluding his UNC stay on Wednesday, Dillard met at length with Fedora.
"Basically, his message was to make the right decision," Dillard said. "He said, 'There is no right decision -- every decision you make, you make it right.' That was good advice."
Dillard's final day of classes at Florida is April 19. He'll then enroll at either Arizona or UNC in May.
Being a graduate transfer, Dillard will be eligible to play this coming season, his final year of eligibility.