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Van Der Wal could be close to more offers

Some schools are recruiting Dillon Van Der Wal for tight end but he said Sunday at the Los Angeles Nike Camp that most are looking at him to play defensive end and he's fine with either position.
He worked out mainly at tight end to improve his footwork and hands and said recruiting is going along well.
Van Der Wal, from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, recently visited Colorado and said the campus was beautiful and he loved it but the cold weather and distance from home could be concerns.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound prospect also went to Arizona State's junior day and the Sun Devils could be close to an offer. Van Der Wal sat down with coach Dennis Erickson and the two talked in Erickson's office for about 20 minutes.
"I liked Arizona State so much when I was out there," Van Der Wal said. "It was hot but I loved the campus and my dad went there so I have a tie to Arizona State.
"When he called me out of the meeting, all the kids that were there for the junior day were in a meeting, he called me out and we sat in his office and talked for about 20 minutes.
"He got to know me on a personal level which was really big for me and then he told me they really liked what they saw from me on the tape and that it's going to be coming soon. It was big he sat down and talked to me."
Baylor and Minnesota have already offered Van Der Wal, who said he's also talking to UCLA, Oregon and Washington a lot and has had a few conversations with Southern Cal. The Bruins would move way up the charts if they offered because Van Der Wal said he'd prefer to stay close to home.
"I love Westwood," he said. "I pretty much grew up in Westwood with my brother and sister. If they were to offer they'd have a big advantage because I'm a momma's boy. I could go home and get my laundry done and stay close."
Van Der Wal had 68 tackles and 15 sacks last season. He finished with 12 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns at tight end.