Dillon Commits to USC

Dillon, a 6-3, 260-pound physical specimen, received offers from most of the Pac-10 and said his decision was based on academics, the chance to stay close to home and the opportunity to learn from USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

Palmdale DE Steve Dillon arrived to the USCWashington game earlier this year knowing that he had a surprise waiting for him.

After the game, he was extended a scholarship offer by USC assistant coach James Cregg, and with the offer the Trojans immediately jumped to the top of his list.

Since that night, Dillon has been a fixture at all of USC's home games, and this morning he decided to go ahead and commit to the Trojans.

"I had a good time on my unofficial visit last night. When I woke up this morning, my mom and me had a deep conversation, called up the family and set up the pros and cons," Dillon said. "It pretty much came down to my family wanting to see me play.

"Plus, USC is a private school with good academics and is one of the top football programs."

Dillon, a 6-3, 260-pound physical specimen, received offers from most of the Pac-10 and said his decision was based on academics, the chance to stay close to home and the opportunity to learn from USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

"He's great. He has a great positive attitude. He's in your face a lot," Dillon said of Orgeron. "When you are messing up he will let you know, and when you are doing good he will let you know. I like coaches like that.

"He's the No.1 d-line coach in the nation and has coached guys like Warren Sapp."

Another factor that went into Dillon's decision was the chance to play in front of the Coliseum crowd, which as he described, is the best stadium atmosphere he has experienced.

"I love going to the games because I have never heard a louder stadium than USC. It's so amazing; the whole crowd gets up and is all into it making noise," he said. "I can't even hear myself think when I am up there because it's so loud.

"The very first I game I went to was Washington, and on third down I was yelling and I couldn't even hear myself because everyone else was yelling so loud.

"I just wonder how it is going to be on the field in my pads and stuff, just hearing the crowd go crazy. That's going to be a great experience."

The three-star defensive end also considered Cal, Utah and UCLA, but in the end, the chance to be a Trojan was just too good to pass up.

"USC just had a lot more to offer," he said. "USC is a private school and one of the top programs."


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