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Dillon focused on two programs

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Steve Dillon has a bunch of offers but the Palmdale, Calif., defensive end has two favorites and it's only going to get tougher from here because he likes a lot about each school.
Cal and UCLA are on top for Dillon, a 6-foot-3, 245-pounder who was one of the top prospects at this past weekend's B2G Elite Camp at Cal Lutheran.
The luxury Dillon has is that he doesn't plan to make his decision until after his senior season but he might need all that time to figure out whether the Bruins or Golden Bears would be the best fit.
"Right now I'm mainly leaning toward Cal or UCLA," Dillon said. "I get along with both of the coaching staffs. With Cal, I get along with their defensive line coach, coach (Tosh) Lupoi, he's a really great mentor and he's a really great guy and I can really relate to him.
"With UCLA, every coach on the campus is just great. When I was at the camp they treated me as if I had already committed to them, like I was already a player. They made me feel good and I love it there. My mom has really strong feelings for UCLA, too. There's nothing wrong with UCLA. I'd love to go there."
The offer list is extensive and growing for Dillon, who finished with 74 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery last season. UCLA, Cal, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington, Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, Utah and Iowa State have all offered.
Cal and UCLA have jumped to the top but since Dillon doesn't plan to make a commitment for months there's still a lot of time to think about things. With his talent, many other teams could get involved, too.
"I'm just trying to wait it out and I'm trying to have a good senior season and focus on my academics and do what I have to do," Dillon said. "I'm going to wait until after the season.
"I know it's going to be tough but I think I can handle it. I just have to get my head right and right now I'm worried about my senior season and how that's going to go."
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