March 20, 2009

Dieffenbach looks back on visits

It has been a few weeks since offensive tackle Miles Dieffenbach attended a pair of junior days at Boston College and Notre Dame, so he has had plenty of time to reflect on his experiences at those schools. He was excited when he returned from those trips, and apparently that excitement has not worn off.

Both schools remain high on the list of the 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Fox Chapel Area.

"The trip to Notre Dame was when they played UConn at home, and I went to BC when they played Virginia Tech at home (in basketball)," he said.

"Notre Dame was good. I liked it a lot. It was nice to see the campus and the things they had to offer. You can tell it's not just great football, but great academics and facilities. It was a good experience."

Dieffenbach had equally lofty things to say about the Eagles.

"That (BC) was a lot of fun also. Seeing Boston was great. It's just a great city. I like the surrounding area, too, like Chestnut Hill. It was great to see the facilities and meet the coaches.

"They definitely want to see me one day at a camp there this summer. When I went they didn't have an offensive line coach.

"I did talk to coach (Ben) Sirmans, and he said they just have to watch my film. I've talked with coach Sirmans since then, but not the offensive line coach yet."

Dieffenbach has made a point of keeping in touch with as many coaches as possible to try and gauge where schools are at in terms of offering. He has developed especially close bonds with coaches from Pitt, Northwestern and Penn State, he said.

These days he is spending a lot of time in the weight room. He knows that how he performs at camps and during his senior season will determine how many options he has when decision time rolls around.

"I'm in the weight room every day," he said. "I'm doing lots of agility work and footwork. I'm working on my endurance and getting quicker and quicker.

"As for my decision, I don't really have a timeframe. It's a really, really big decision so there's no need for me to rush it. I'll make (a decision) whenever I feel ready. I've got to feel 100-percent right about it, though, because it's gonna affect the rest of my life."

Thus far Pitt is the only school to offer Dieffenbach.

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