van der Wal affirms ASU pledge

The Sun Devil nation was certainly not at ease when it heard that ASU commit Dillon van der Wal has decided to take a couple of official trips to SEC schools in the next two weeks, and was naturally worried as to how solid the Oaks Christian standout's verbal commitment to the maroon and gold truly was. Nonetheless, on Wednesday night van der Wal sounded reassuring with his comments on the matter.

The 6-7 240 Dillon van del Wal, who was recruited by Arizona State as a defensive end, has recently received scholarship offers from Arkansas and Vanderbilt and he will visit that tandem of schools in that order this weekend and the next.

"I am still very committed to ASU," van der Wal said. "I love ASU and it's a great place. They are doing some great stuff there right now and it's hard to compete with that. They are a pre-season Top 25 team and things are looking very good there right now.

"Arkansas and Vanderbilt offered me as a tight end and I want to visit those schools and make sure that I made the right decision for the next four, five years of my life. I wanted to make sure that I am in the right place and the right (football) position. I don't see my commitment to ASU differing and I am still very much committed to them."

In his senior season van der Wal was injured in the opener, and due to the Lions' coaching staff wishes his play on offense was limited. However, playing at defensive end paid hefty dividends for Oak Christian as van der Wal collected 91 total tackles, 22 sacks, six forced fumbles and five passes defended. The Lions finished the year with a 12-2 record and captured the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship.

Even though van del Wal is visiting the aforementioned two schools because they are offered him to play on the other side of the ball, something ASU cannot due to their offensive scheme, he said that his decision to take additional visits isn't because any regrets he had committing himself to play on defense at the college level.

"I didn't have any second thoughts after my commitment because Arizona State is where I wanted to be," van der Wal commented. "I'm visiting those schools just to make sure I made the right decision and I don't see anything changing. I just want to travel a little bit and take a look at them."

The Oak Christian standout added that he doesn't feel like he missed out playing on offense in his senior year "I needed to do what was good for the team," van der Wal explained, "and we did end up winning the championship. I think I could have helped the team on offense but it doesn't matter because we won the championship."

van Der Wal has been in constant contact with the ASU staff who has indicated to him how excited they are to have a good 2011 season with him onboard. The Sun Devil commit is definitely doing his part to improve the maroon and gold trying to recruit a couple prospects to join him in Tempe.

"I talk to Akeem Gonzales and Devin Lucien and working very hard to get both of them to come to Arizona State," he said.

van der Wal was told last year that the recruiting process is an experience he will never forget and standing here right now two weeks away from signing day he couldn't agree more with that statement.

"It's been fun, but I will be glad when it will be over," van der Wal confessed. "I'm very excited for Arizona State and I love it there."

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