February 10, 2011
Dillon still high on Ohio State
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With the late addition of Cardale Jones, many Ohio State fans are left wondering about the status of the quarterback position in the 2012 class, particularly as it pertains to El Cajon (Calif.) Christian product Shane Dillon. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound prospect holds a verbal offer from the Buckeyes and is also hearing from some of the premier programs around the nation.
"Definitely Ohio State, USC, Washington, and Miami," said Dillon, of the schools showing the most interest.
While the news about Jones' commitments took Dillon by surprise, the Buckeyes are still sitting near the top of the talented signal-callers list.
"Ohio State's offer to Cardale Jones definitely hit home a little bit," Dillon explained. "It created sort of a log-jam there but I am still extremely interested in them. It shocked me a little bit at first but there's going to be a log-jam wherever you go. I mean USC is always full of quarterbacks and any big time school is going to have some big name QB out there so I don't worry about it too much. Ohio State is definitely still in my top two or three."
College coaches aren't the only people expressing their interest in Dillon. The gunslinger has been a hot commodity for all-star game and camp organizers in recent weeks.
"I get to play in the California all-state game next year," he explained. "I was just chosen to be the South quarterback. I did really well at the Under Armour All-American combine and I'll be playing in that game next year probably, same goes with the Army game probably. I just got a call a couple of nights ago to go to Vegas for the Badger 7-on-7 tournament so things are going really good."
The selection to the California all-star game is particularly special for Dillon.
"They called me last month and said they wanted me to be the starting quarterback for the South team," Dillon said. "It's a huge honor. You always grow up as a little kid saying that you want to be a professional athlete or a college athlete and now that all of this stuff is sort of happening now, it's crazy."
The interest in Dillon shouldn't come as a surprise. The state of California has an outstanding tradition of producing quarterbacks and Dillon is coming off a monster junior season.
"It was awesome," Dillon said of his junior year. "I broke almost every record held at our school as a junior. I threw for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, I had a completion percentage of about 60-percent and I led the county in passing. It was just a great year and we get everyone back next year so I'm looking forward to next year."
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