UL commit Dominick Bilich out of Rummel HS (La) was one of a hand full of Louisiana commitments in…
Change of Plans for Bilich
"I was rehabbing fine but the screws in my foot from the surgery broke and I was told that I would need to have the surgery done again to remove those screws and insert new ones," Dominick stated. I was really disappointed and we decided to have the surgery done by another orthopedic surgeon. I called Coach Robrigue and told him the news; he was really disappointed as well because he was looking forward to me coming in this summer to compete. Coach Hudspeth told me it was my decision, I could come in and redshirt, and rehab there at UL or I could grey-shirt."
Most athletes would have taken the sure thing and began school on a scholarship this fall, but Bilich is not like most athletes.
"I thought about it and it just didn't feel right now coming in and not competing," Bilich explained. "I want to come in and compete; I didn't like the idea of just sitting down watching everyone else play football. I told Coach Hudspeth that I want to grey-shirt and re-sign with the 2013 Class. I will enroll in January and start working out for spring football with everyone else. I have some friends in this class, so it made the decision tough but I made the right decision for myself."
Dominique Bilich decision to grey-shirt essentially assured that someone else would get his scholarship this year, allowing the UL staff to add safety Al Damion Riles late.
"Coach Hudspeth assured me that I have a scholarship waiting for me in the 2013 class, so I'm not concerned about any of that," Dominick said. "I'm going to be a Ragin' Cajun; it will just begin in January instead of this summer. I'm going to come and watch a few games this season at Cajun Field. I'm staying close to my friends and my coaches, which is not going to change."
How does Bilich's mother feel about his decision and staying home until January?
"I think she was a little disappointed as well, she was kind of looking forward to me getting out of the house," Dominick mentioned with a laugh. "I'm not just going to sit around the house though; I'm going to help coach the offensive line at Rummel this fall. And I'm going to continue to rehab my foot; I'm doing zero gravity exercise right now and then continue on to the next segment of my rehab."
The UL staff knows it made the right decision when they recruited an athlete with the character of Dominick Bilich.
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