April 12, 2011
Indiana WR looking to catch a Spartan offer
One of the players that is seeing his recruiting stock improve significantly this spring is wide receiver prospect Gehrig Dieter of Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.
This past weekend Badger Sports held a regional 7-on-7 tournament in Pittsburgh that was comprised of top players from around the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. When the tournament was over, the buzz was that a few players had stood out above the rest and Dieter was one of them. Dieter showed an array of pass catching skills, not only was he the teams big-play wideout, but he was also its go to player in crunch time as well. Dieter outshined several of his teammates who came into the game with much more recruiting hype and scholarship offers.
SpartanMag.com asked Dieter about his time in Pittsburgh.
"I thought i performed very well," he stated. "I felt like i was the best one there. I caught everything thrown to me and was the go to man whenever we needed anything big for my team. It was so fun to play against all good players and out-perform other players."
Heading into the tournament Dieter had several MAC offers and was getting attention from multiple BCS schools. We asked him about his current scholarships and the schools showing him the most interest at this point in his recruitment.
"I have scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Ball State, he said. I am hearing from mostly Big Ten and Pac 10 schools. I really like Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue."
The Spartans will graduate 3 starting wide receivers this year (Cunningham, Martin and Nichol) and are looking to re-load at the position. Spartanmag.com asked Dieter about Michigan State and his thoughts on the program.
"I have spoken to the recruiter for Indiana, (Brad Salem). I went to the Notre Dame game up there and loved the place and atmosphere. I would love an offer from Michigan State; it would be hard to turn it down. I am hoping to go to the camp and come out of there with a scholarship offer."
I am hoping to get it my decision done by the end of the summer. I want to go to a school with a good business program, where I get along with the players and coaches and a where they use an offensive that throws the ball a lot.
At 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dieter is a big wide receiver, but he also has very good speed. He has been clocked as fast a 4.5 second electronically in the 40-yard dash. The Spartans pro-style offense that puts a premium on pass catching and blocking would certainly be a good fit for someone like Dieter.
Being from Indiana and being recruited by Michigan State, Dieter has been told that he reminds some of a recent Spartan wideout that is currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts.
"I have been compared to Blair White from Michigan State," he said. However, I am a Green Bay Packers fan."
The Blair White comparison is not a bad one, but in Spartanmag.com opinion, Dieter is more similar in his style of play to current Spartan B.J. Cunningham. Cunningham is currently 6-foot-3, 220-pounds and will likely leave Michigan State as the most productive wide receiver in school history. Dieter will probably be in the 220-pound range after a year at the training-table and weight room.
Spartanmag.com will continue to keep in contact with Dieter in the coming weeks. We fully expect his recruiting stock and offer list to continue to rise during the May evaluation period. We will keep an eye out for him at the Spartan 1-Day Elite Camp as well. It would not be a surprise if he grabs that Michigan State offer after a strong day of catching passes.
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