On the ever of National Signing Day, the 2022 Rice Football recruiting class has picked up a commitment from transfer linebacker Cam Dillion.
Getting a seasoned linebacker has been a priority for the 2022 Rice football recruiting class as it nears its completion. The Owls handed out several offers to players at the position in the final weeks between the Early Signing Period and National Signing Day. Columbia grad transfer Cam Dillion answered the call, committing to Rice in the hours before National Signing Day.
Dillon entered the Transfer Portal on December 10 weeks after finishing up his season which netted him Second Team All-Ivy honors at the linebacker position. Unlike many high school recruitments, there was no string of publicized offers made to Dillon along the way, just the final announcement on Tuesday evening.
Ivy League players often transfer to play out their final season of eligibility due to league rules. The universal COVID-19 waiver will give Dillon two extra seasons remaining upon his arrival to South Main.
The need for depth at the linebacker position became increasingly evident following the season when Rice lost several players at the position to the Transfer Portal following the season. Dillon will provide much-needed support to the Owls’ remaining corps of young linebackers featuring Myron Morrison, Aidan Siano, DJ Arkansas, Kenny Seymour and others.
Dillon finishes his tackles, that’s one of the first thing that jumps off his film. He shows good range and great instincts when the ball is in the air. Linebackers are asked to wear a variety of hats in the Rice defense. He should be able to juggle those roles well. At the very least, he should be able to find a specialized role that emphasizes what the coaching staff feels he does best.