Dillon still 100-percent committed to Buffs

Dillon still 100-percent committed to Buffs

California product talks about commitment to CU and desire to bring other top recruits with him.

Although the University of Colorado football team is 1-7, Shane Dillon has seen nothing to make him change his mind about becoming a Buffalo.

A senior at Christian Junior Senior High School in El Cajon, Calif., Dillon was in attendance at last Saturday's 45-2 loss to Oregon. The game wasn't pretty, but the weekend may have actually strengthened Dillon's already strong commitment to CU.

"To be honest, it was probably the greatest trip I've ever taken," said Dillon, a three-star recruit. "It was insane. I knew going in that the CU fans and everyone, they are pretty big on football. When I got there, it just blew all my expectations away. The whole town is completely dedicated to CU football. They are 1-7 and they are going through a tough year, and you walk into that stadium and you wouldn't even be able to tell. I loved it."

He loved it so much, in fact, that Dillon may be a crucial piece in CU landing more recruits in the coming months. He's been trying to sway others to join him in Buffalo. In fact, that's part of why he was in town last week.

Dillon's visit was unofficial and he came to Boulder because good friend Taylor McNamara, who is one of the top tight end recruits in the country, was on his official visit.

"I think there's a great chance," Dillon said of CU's prospects of landing McNamara.

McNamara has verbally committed to Arizona, but has opened up his search after Arizona fired head coach Mike Stoops. There are some who believe the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder from Westview High School in San Diego could start right away for the Buffs.

"I was in his ear the whole time and I've been in his ear since the day I committed," Dillon said.

Dillon said he talked to McNamara at the end of the trip and that McNamara "said he had a blast. I thought that was great news."

Whether McNamara comes or not, Dillon is, without question, coming to Boulder. Dillon, who turned down offers from Arizona, Florida State and Ohio State, among others, said his commitment to CU couldn't be stronger at this point.

"I wish I was at Colorado still (this week)," he said. "I can't wait to get there in July."

He said a couple schools continue to contact him from time to time, including Miami and Utah, but he has had very little contact from others.

"I think everyone really knows that Colorado is where I'm going and I'm not planning on changing that," he said.

Not even the addition of Connor Wood, a transfer from Texas who arrived on campus last month, made Dillon waver.

"A lot of people have been asking me about it," Dillon said. "Actually I kind of like the fact that they brought in a kid from Texas who is a pretty good guy off the field and a good guy on the field, and someone that is going to bring in some competition. Competition brings out the best in you. I kind of like the fact that I'm going to have to go in there and work for my job and earn it."

Dillon will be coming to Boulder as a more polished quarterback, he said. This summer, he went through the Elite 11 camp with former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.

"It changed my whole outlook on playing quarterback," Dillon said. "(Dilfer) said his main goal was to take a bunch of butchers and turn them into surgeons. I felt like that's what he did with me."

This season, the 6-foot-5 Dillon has led the Christian Patriots to a 5-2 record. MaxPreps.com has stats for six games, and in those games, Dillon has thrown for 1,404 yards (234.0 per game) with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Since a 35-0 loss in Week 1, he has 13 TDs and three interceptions. He has completed 65.9 percent of his passes (110 of 167) this season.

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