Van Der Wal Takes in Spring Game

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end/defensive end Dillon Van Der Wal was at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the Bruins' spring game and he's planning to camp with UCLA in June...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian tight end/defensive end Dillon Van Der Wal (6-8, 235), added his first Pac-10 offer last weekend, from his father's alma mater, and now as the spring evaluation period kicks in, Van Der Wal is anxious to see what else awaits him.

"I'm pretty wide open right now, but there are some schools standing out like Arizona State, Minnesota and UCLA," said Van Der Wal. "And now I'm getting serious interest from Penn State."

The Nittany Lions are the most recent to get into contact with Van Der Wal, but the Sun Devils were the most recent to offer, and he's got strong ties there.

"I was at Arizona State at their Junior Day and Coach (Dennis) Erickson called me out and called me into his office and talked with me for a while and told me they want me to be a defensive end," said Van Der Wal, who got the official offer earlier this week. "My dad went there and I loved it at Arizona State."

After he was done in Tempe, Van Der Wal flew back to Southern California and took in the UCLA Spring Game.

"I was at the UCLA spring game on Saturday night and I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel," said Van Der Wal. "It was fun there. I've gotten to take a tour of UCLA and it's close to home and in a great area."

Minnesota was the second school to offer Van Der Wal and they like him for both football and basketball, with Tubby Smith's recruitment of him key. He's also been talking more with the football coaches about where they envision him playing.

"I've started to talk to Minnesota more about defensive and they offered me more as a defensive player, but they said I could decide on the position I want when I get there," said Van Der Wal. "Baylor (who's also offered) said the same thing."

With basketball an option in college, Van Der Wal has been discussing that with several of the schools recruiting him.

"With Arizona State, I've talked to the coaches about it and they're open to it, as long as the basketball coaches are open to it," said Van Der Wal. "I'm going back there in a couple of weeks and I'll talk with the coaches when they're back in town."

Basketball could also limit all of Van Der Wal's camps this spring and summer, but he'll still squeeze a few in.

"Basketball will limit me a little but I'm going to the Nike Camp at Stanford, the UCLA one and the Rising Stars Camp at USC," said Van Der Wal.

Van Der Wal has an ideal time frame for when he'd like to start trimming his list.

"I'll have a better idea after the spring but I'll start to narrow it down over the summer. I'll hopefully have my decision made before the first game," said Van Der Wal.

Academically, Van Der Wal is in solid shape, with a 3.4 GPA and a 26 on the ACT.


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