WR/RB Dakota Diessner talks commit to Falcons

WR/RB Dakota Diessner talks commit to Falcons

Durant, Okla. is located in the southern part of the state in the heart of the Choctaw Nation. Air Force discovered a hidden gem in the area this past summer in running back/ wide receiver Dakota Diessner. After an offer in early October, Diessner gave his pledge to the Falcon staff and became the eighth member of this year's recruiting class.

"This summer I decided to go to a lot of combines and camps," said Dakota Diessner. "That's when Air Force began showing interest. There's not really a recruiter for Oklahoma so I was passed on to my position coach, Mike Thiessen.

"I went for a visit this fall when [Air Force] played Navy. I thought the environment was great. The offense they run, the flexbone, is based on running the ball and that's my specialty. It's what I love to do. I felt like it would be an excellent fit for me and gave my commitment to Coach Thiessen a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't thinking about going to a military academy, but I think it's going to be a good thing. My father was in the Army and my uncle was in the Air Force. I'm liking the idea of it more and more."

Diessner, 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, has had more than 1100 all-purpose yards in his last two season at Durant High School. He said added weight in the off-season helped boost his game as a senior.

"I put on 25 pounds since my junior year," Diessner said. "With the extra weight, it was more of a challenge to bring me down. I got the ball thrown to me more this year and was good on yards after-the-catch and better with my hands. It was a good year for me. I had 800 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards with 17 touchdowns, but unfortunately we missed the playoffs."

Although Diessner has made one visit to the Colorado Springs campus, he's hoping to take an official visit in January to get better acquainted with his future surroundings.

"I'd really like to take the rest of my family up there to show them where I'm going to be for the next four years," he said. "Fort Worth is only a couple of hours from here, so I'm going to try and go down and see the team play Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl.

"It's exciting. I'm only like the forth or fifth athlete [from Durant High School] in the past thirty years to go play in Division 1, so I think we'll have something big on signing day for me."

In the final game of his prep career, Diessner went out a winner rushing for 211 yards and five touchdowns in the Lions victory over Hale. A speedster, well-known for his ability on punt returns, Diessner plans on competing in the 100 and 200 meter dash events in the spring.