Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Top 2015 QB throws for Bama at camp
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The first quarterback to arrive at Alabama’s camp this week was 2015 signal-caller Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), the nation's No. 1 dual-threat prospect and No. 28 player overall in the new ESPN Junior 300 rankings.
He threw for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide coaches on Sunday before flying back to California for a team obligation. La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti discussed the visit.
“They had a bunch of rain, but he did 7-on-7 and did all the quarterback drills that they put you through,” Moschetti said. “He got to meet with the whole coaching staff. He had a really positive meeting with Coach Saban. It couldn’t have gone any better from just talking to Kevin.”
Afterwards, Saban said he wanted to review Dillman’s film before they make a decision on whether or not to offer the West Coast product. If the Tide do extend an offer, Moschetti believes they would be high on his quarterback's list.
“Kevin’s really interested in Alabama,” Moschetti said. “He doesn’t care about depth charts and what quarterbacks are there. Alabama, right now they’re the best. He wants to compete against the best. He wants to learn from the best. It would be a dream come true to be able to play in the SEC.”
It doesn’t hurt that Alabama is recruiting Dillman’s teammate, ESPN 300 tight end Tyler Luatua, for its 2014 class. Luatua’s older brother currently plays for the Tide.
In all, it was quite a weekend for Dillman, who visited four schools in three days. Prior to his visit to Tuscaloosa, the 2015 quarterback made stops at Louisville, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He received an offer from the Commodores while on campus.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect now has over 15 scholarship offers, and Moschetti believes he’s not just one of the top quarterbacks in the nation -- he’s one of the top players.
“What makes him so special is he’s a football player not just a quarterback,” Moschetti said. “He’s a guy that if you’re ever in a foxhole, you want him in there with you. If you’re in the back of an alley and it’s dark, you want Kevin Dillman with you.
“Anybody can go throw at a 7-on-7 and look good. Anybody can go throw at these camps and look good. Kevin’s mental makeup, his discipline, his willingness to learn, I think that’s what separates him from other guys throughout the country. He’s going to be prepared. He’s not going to be outworked. He’s doing to do anything it takes to win football games.”
As a sophomore, Dillman played all over the field for La Mirada, taking reps at quarterback, wide receiver, safety and even defensive end. This year, the plan is keep him under center for every snap.