December 7, 2010

Dillon still committed, looking at Cal

Palmdale (Calif.) defensive end Steve Dillon was open to considering other schools after his commitment, but he has been given little reason to rethink his decision.

Dillon contemplated visiting a few different programs even after committing to USC a month ago. But he may not end up doing as much travel as he anticipated.

Utah was one of the schools Dillon expected to visit, but the Utes have faded out of his picture. Dillon learned via voicemail that the Utah defensive line coach had retired and now doubts whether he'll take an official visit to the school.

"I tried to contact the recruiting coordinator but I haven't gotten a call back from him," Dillon said. "They might have seen that I was committed and not wanted to bother with me."

Cal has been USC's consistent competitor in Dillon's recruitment. The three-star recruit is trying to make his way north for a visit as soon as possible.

"I'm going to try to set up my Cal visit for this weekend, because last time it got pushed back," Dillon said. "That's the only school I still talk to."

Dillon recently hosted USC offensive line coach James Cregg on an in-home visit. He left impressed with USC's plan for him.

"I was very satisfied with the meeting," Dillon said. "Coach Cregg told me that I'd have a tutor for every one of my classes in every subject. I'd be leaving June 1 to go down there and work out."

Dillon also watched the USC-UCLA game with no pretense of impartiality.

"In the first half, I got scared after Johnathan Franklin broke through for that touchdown like it was nothing," Dillon said. "But USC came through, so it was all OK."

A knee injury robbed Dillon of most of his senior season. But it also provided motivation for the offseason.

"Being out for pretty much the whole season hurt," Dillon said. "But I'm looking forward to working on my footwork and staying in shape. I'm doing everything I can."

USCfootball.com will keep you updated on Dillon's recruitment through signing day.


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