Steve Dillon committed to USC in early November but all along he said he's going to keep his options open and could look at other schools.
This past weekend he visited Cal and was quite impressed with what the Golden Bears offered. He bonded with the coaching staff and some recruits - especially Cal commit Mustafa Jalil - and liked the new facilities.
"It was cool," Dillon said. "It's really nice up there. I had a lot of fun seeing how Cal is building their new facilities. It really impressed me.
"It's going to be my class that breaks it in and then the whole coaching staff is really great. Coach (Jeff) Tedford and everyone else is really nice and I had a lot of fun hanging out with some of the recruits. I walked through the facility and it was pretty nice. It was pretty legit."
Dillon, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound strong-side defensive end from Palmdale, Calif., also had an opportunity to talk with Tedford and other coaches including defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. Those conversations all went well.
"(Tedford) was telling me I'd be a good fit up there and that I have the right attitude and that he likes that I work hard," Dillon said. "He said he'd love to have me on his team."
Despite his impressive visit to Cal, though, Dillon said he's staying committed to the Trojans and will reevaluate his recruitment after his official visit to USC, which is set for Jan. 14.
USC makes sense because of its location, his entire family supports the Trojans and Dillon has always talked highly of the program.
Something else that has influenced Dillon throughout the process is that USC beat Cal this season, 48-14, and he was at the game.
"I'm staying committed to USC," Dillon said. "I have my visit to USC on January 14 and then after my visit with them I'll do my comparison. Right now I'm not leaving USC.
"With my recruitment, I would say I'm still a soft commit to USC because I did take the visit and Cal is one of the schools I'm interested in so I got to see how they are and I got the feel of it. I'm still high on USC. My whole family is USC so I'm just waiting for my visit so I can do a comparison."