Ex-Florida Gator Cameron Dillard Transferring To UNC

    Former Florida center Cameron Dillard is headed to UNC. He will be eligible to play immediately.

    March 13, 2017

    Former Florida center Cameron Dillard is headed to UNC. He will be eligible to play immediately.

    North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora will have a tough decision to make when he decides who is going to be his team’s new starting quarterback with Mitch Trubisky poised for a long career in the NFL.

    One area that Fedora has been able to enhance in the meantime is on the offensive line, as Florida graduate transfer Cameron Dillard has decided to play for the Tar Heels, per 247Sports. He chose the Tar Heels over over Arizona.

    Dillard visited Tucson in mid-February and Chapel Hill at the tail end of that month, with Fedora and his staff making quite the impression. When he ultimately decided to head to UNC, Dillard FaceTimed offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and Fedora on two phones at the same time to deliver the good news. But not before he played a trick on the duo.

    “I had an Arizona coat on and they didn’t look happy,” Dillard said. “I gave them the whole pitch about what I liked about both schools and how much I liked both places, the whole ordeal. Then I took my coat off and I had Carolina blue shirt on. They were both real happy.”

    Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats, though, were actually the frontrunner for Dillard’s services, and he was leaning toward becoming a Wildcat before taking a cruise with his wife last week in the Caribbean. He ultimately loved the idea that the Tar Heels sent four offensive linemen to the NFL in the last four years.

    Dillard plans to enroll at UNC at some point in the summer after graduating from UF in May. He has one year of eligibility remaining and can play in 2017.

    The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder started 20 games in his career at Florida, so UNC is getting a nice veteran piece for its O-Line as it looks for ways to combat the increasingly better pass rushes that ACC foes have to offer. Along with guard Tommy Hatton, he will help form one of the ACC’s best offensive lines.

    “UNC is getting a person with a strong Christian faith,” Dillard said. “They are getting a guy that’s going to learn about all the guys on the team and bring a strong work ethic. I’m not there to mess around. I’m there to do whatever it takes to make an instant impact.”

    Dillard is the Tar Heels’ second graduate transfer this offseason. He joins slotback/all-purpose running back Stanton Truitt, who is already enrolled after playing initially at Auburn.

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