Menifee (Calif.) Paloma Valley offensive tackle Zack Dilley is one of the best kept secrets in California. But as the spring and summer months go on, word is starting to get out about the talented 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle.
Dilley has scholarship offers from San Diego State and UTEP, and other schools like Cal, UCLA, Iowa State, UNLV, Fresno State and Washington called in the spring and have been sending regular correspondence.
"San Diego State is up there because they offered me, and Cal and Washington," he said. "I like the weather down there and the area. I've been on campus over there, and it's a nice place to be. I met their coaches and they all seem like good coaches. They're on the upside, and it just seems like a nice opportunity."
But he's still going to seriously look at Cal and Washington if they continue to look at him.
"Cal came down to my school, and I've talked to them on the phone," Dilley said. "They said they'll be watching this season closely and it sounds like they'll come down and watch me. I like their academics and that they have a pretty good football team last year and in previous years."
"My dad was stationed up there before in Seattle, so I was kind of use to being there. I've talked to them and they said they're close to giving me an offer, but they've haven't."
Dilley said he's not going to rush the process.
"I'm just waiting it out to see what happens and see if any more opportunities open up," he said. "I'm holding off to show schools my senior film. Schools have come in and have taken a look. If I do great this season, then maybe they'll give me more offers and I'll have more opportunities to look at. I'll wait however long it takes. It it's early in the season, then that's fine."
And when they see that senior film, Dilley is certain, they'll like what they see.
"I never quit, and I'm really competitive," he said. "I want to take my guy down and make sure he doesn't get to the quarterback. I love to play football, and I go after it."