Nearly six months to the day after Kevin Dillman enrolled at Guyer, the highly rated quarterback was ruled ineligible for varsity competition on Monday morning at a University Interscholastic League hearing in Austin.
Dillman, who moved to Lantana from California, initially applied for a parent-residence waiver that was denied in May. He appealed the ruling and met with the waiver review board on Monday, which also denied the waiver.
Dillman is a native of Sweden, who originally went to La Mirada (California) as a freshman foreign exchange student and later gained U.S. citizenship. His parents have lived in Sweden for the entirety of his high school career. He lived with his California host family until moving to Lantana in January with a longtime friend of his parents, Peter Dames, who moved there from The Netherlands and is Dillman’s legal guardian.
Dillman, who tore his Achilles tendon during his junior season at La Mirada, was unable to fully participate in Guyer’s spring practice. Sophomore phenom Shawn Robinson won the starting quarterback job after moving to Guyer from Saginaw Chisholm Trail.
Dillman, rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, committed to Nebraska in April. The 6-3, 215-pound senior chose the Cornhuskers over 15 other Football Bowl Subdivision offers.
Dillman could not be reached for comment, but said the day “wasn’t successful” on his Twitter account and said he’s moving forward.
“I believe in those who say god has a plan for everybody,” Dillman wrote Monday morning. “Nothin [sic] or nobody is stopping me.”
Dillman could play for the junior varsity team at Guyer or could possibly go to a TAPPS school like Liberty Christian, but the move would have to be cleared through TAPPS’ residency and guardianship rules, which are more relaxed than the UIL’s.
Guyer coach John Walsh said he was disappointed in the news.
“I’ve been around Kevin since January, and he’s nothing but a high-character, hard-working student athlete that’s getting punished just because he has to be where he’s at with Peter Dames,” Walsh said. “His parents live in Sweden and always have. The UIL just doesn’t see it that way.”
Robinson, who started as a freshman last year at Chisholm Trail, moved to Guyer after his parents were hired as coaches at the school.
He said Dillman was a huge help to him in the spring when he first arrived on campus.
“He’s a really good guy,” Robinson said. “We never had an envious relationship. It was all cool and we were always happy for each other. He helped me out when I first came because he had the offense down a little better than me. Every time I messed up stuff, we’d go to the side and go over all the plays on the script. He’s real helpful. He’s basically like a coach.”
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