November 8, 2010

Dillon van der Wal to ASU

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian standout Dillon van der Wal announced Monday that he has verbally committed to Arizona State.

"I have made my commitment to Arizona State," van der Wal said Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pounder officially visited Arizona State the weekend of the Washington State game in October. It was during that visit when he knew that he wanted to be a Sun Devil.

"It just felt right while I was there," van der Wal said. "When I got home, I talked to my parents, I talked to my coaches and it felt like the thing to do."

van der Wal's father attended Arizona State and he was a frequent visitor to the campus while growing up and now he is excited about becoming a Sun Devil.

"Its real cool to be going to the same school as my dad," van der Wal said. "He is really excited about it. He is very happy that I am going to in ASU's business school because they have a really good one. It will be cool for him to be able to come out and see me play there.

"I am familiar with the area because I have visited there a lot but I saw some new things on the visit and more of the good things that I had seen before. Its close to home and that will allow for people to visit."

As a junior at Oaks Christian, van der Wal had 68 tackles, 15 sacks three pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one interception on defense. He caught 12 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns on offense in limited action.

This season he has totaled 59 tackles, 8 sacks and a fumble recovery from his defensive end position, which is the position he will play at Arizona State.

"They want me to play defensive end," van der Wal said. "I am pretty excited about that."

van der Wal's relationship with ASU tight end Christopher Coyle, a teammate of his at Oaks Christian played a part in his decision.

"He was my host on my official so we hung out a lot," van der Wal said. "We talked a lot about making a commitment. We talked about all of the positive about being at Arizona State. He was one of big factors in me choosing Arizona State."

Oaks Christian hosts Agoura this weekend. van der Wal is happy to have his college decision behind him so that he can focus on finishing his senior season in strong fashion.

"It feels pretty nice (to have made the commitment)," van der Wal said. "Now I can be focusing on my senior season. We are trying to do something special here. Coming into this season we were real young and started kind of slow but he have come together and have thing rolling right now. If we keep playing like we are and keep getting better every week we can maybe win a CIF championship."

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