Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has become a recruiting hotbed and a must stop for college recruiters ever since Oaks Christian head coach Bill Redell started the program earlier in the decade. This season will be no different as college recruiters are already finding out about the talent and athleticism of two-way standout Dillon Van Der Wal (6-7, 235, 4.8).
"Dillon is definitely a division one guy," Redell said. "He may up a defensive end, but then he could play tight end, too.
"His (Van Der Val) situation is a lot like Fua's (Oaks Christian and BYU bound two-way standout Alani Fua)," Redell said. "I think Brigham Young recruited Fua as an outside linebacker and Ohio State offered him a scholarship as a tight end.
"I think Dillon is in the same situation," Redell said. "I don't know what position he will end up playing on the collegiate level. I'm going to play him at tight end, slot receiver and defensive end so colleges are going to be able to see a lot of him.
"There aren't many guys out there who are 6-7 and has athletic as Dillon is," Redell said. "I think that is what colleges are looking at.
Van Der Wal earned first team all-league and second-team all-county as a defensive player his junior season.
From his defensive end spot, Van Der Wal accounted for 68 tackles, 15 sacks, three pass deflections, two caused fumbles and one interception. While only playing spot duty at tight end, he had 12 receptions for 192 yards while averaging 13.7 yards per catch and scored two touchdowns.
For his skills on the gridiron, Van Der Wal already has two offers on the table from Baylor and Minnesota.
Besides Baylor and Minnesota, Van Der Wal is getting recruiting attention from Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington, Miami and Texas.
Van Der Wal went to UCLA's junior day and really enjoyed it. The Bruins signed to players from Oaks Christian last February.
As outstanding all around athlete, Van Der Val also plays on the basketball team and is getting some looks there as well, but his future is as a football player.