Dillard "Locked In" During ND Camp Experience

Plymouth Canton High (Canton, Mich.) offensive lineman Cameron Dillard camped at Notre Dame last week, and he was "locked in." And, with what transpired with the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder, the phrase was certainly a double entendre.

At worst, Plymouth Canton High (Canton, Mich.) offensive lineman Cameron Dillard's trip to Notre Dame gave his a life-long story to tell.

At best, he entrenched himself on the Irish's radar in the 2013 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Dillard camped at Notre Dame last week, and nearly spent the night unexpected on campus.

"We got locked in the stadium," Dillard said of himself and his parents. "The gate was open so we were like, ‘Ok, we should go in.' We got locked in, but luckily there was a basketball camp there and a coach had a couple of campers there and they realized we were in there. We were in there for about 15 minutes."

Dillard said the lock-in was part worrisome, part humorous, but it was something he can talk about for a while.

More importantly, he did enough during the camp to catch the eye of the Irish staff.

"I talked to coach (Chuck) Martin after," Dillard said. "He said the offensive line coach and the guest coaches talked very high of me, and coach Martin told me it definitely rose my stock in the Notre Dame program. He said, ‘I want you to come back to a game in the fall.' He said he wants to keep things going in the direction they're going now."

The two dates Dillard is eyeing for a fall visit are Sept. 17 against Michigan State and Oct. 29 against Navy.

But the camp experience wasn't the only thing that went well for Dillard. He enjoyed taking a walk around campus and absorbing the history of the school.

"The campus is really nice," Dillard said. "It was really a ‘Wow' factor for me. As soon as you're on campus, you're like, ‘Wow,' with how beautiful it is. As soon as you get there, it just blows you away. I got to see a couple of places on campus and got to go inside the stadium."

Dillard, who holds an offer from Eastern Michigan, also camped at West Virginia over the weekend.

"I finally got to meet (offensive line) coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh," he said. "He's a really nice person, great coach, and really helps kids work at their drills, and really breaks down the drills for you. He's real down to earth, too.

"They said they really liked me, and they don't really recruit kids out of Michigan, but I'm going to make a sincere effort to be recruited by West Virginia. They said they wanted to see the first three films of my junior season. They liked my genuine interest in the program."

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