Tight End/Defensive End | 6'7 | 235
Oaks Christian HS
| Woodland Hills, Calif.
Oaks Christian Head Coach Bill Redell
"Dillon is a tremendous talent with a great deal of upside at the next level. I think Vanderbilt got themselves quite a football player.
"Dillon played great for our team for the last two years. He had a lot of quarterback sacks as a defensive end and several big plays as a tight end.
"He's a 6-7, 235-pound guy that has plenty of athleticism. He's really extremely agile for being just a big guy. Dillon has a chance to become a big-time player."
Selected Vanderbilt over
Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Duke, Minnesota, LSU, San Diego State
Standout DE and TE for one of Southern California's most successful prep programs... Helped Oaks to CIF Southern Section 4A title and 12-2 record as senior, contributing 64 solo stops, 22 QB sacks and six forced fumbles... Caught six passes in limited TE role... As senior, named CIF Defensive Player of the Year, second team Cal-Hi Sports All-State DE and included on Los Angeles Times' exclusive All-Star Team... Also helped school to 2008 CIF title... Played in Los Angeles Daily News' postseason Shrine All-Star Game... As junior, had 12 catches, 70 tackles and 12 sacks... Standout forward on basketball squad.
Dillon van der Wal... Son of Fred and Marna van der Wal... "Bird Man"... Born Oct. 17, 1992... Has an older brother, Derek, and sister, Kendal... Dad is a personal investor; mom works in technology support... Enjoys cooking and snowboarding.