AL TE Receives Two Big Offers

In the early stages of his recruiting process, Preston Dial, from UMS-Wright, has received two offers, and he plans to make a commitment before his senior season begins.

"I received two new offers. I received offers from Florida State and Alabama. I received the offer from Florida State last weekend. I received the offer from Alabama around the middle of last week," Preston Dial said.

"As a kid, I always dreamed to play for Alabama. I have been an Alabama fan my whole life. When I received the offer, I was excited, and my parents were very excited. Coach Buddy Wyatt talked to me last week. He said they really want me in camp this summer, and that Coach Shula was writing me a letter to inform me I had a scholarship at Alabama. I haven't received the letter yet. Alabama is definitely one of my top schools, but I am keeping my options open for now," Dial added.

Alabama's Coach Buddy Wyatt, Dial's recruiting coach, has built a strong relationship with the talented tight end.

"Coach Wyatt is a great guy. When I talk to him, it seems like I have known him forever. He said they had a few tight ends, but would love to add me to the group. He thinks I would fall right into the mix of things. I am going to work a lot this summer, but I am going to try and go there for one of the mini camps," said Dial.

The Seminoles are also looking to add a big tight end, and Dial is currently one of the top guys on their recruiting board.

"I went down there for a visit April 30. I spent time with Coach Jeff Bowden. He said they had an offer for me. Florida State is losing three senior tight ends. It couldn't be better timing for me to go there. I was able to see all of their facilities, and they were the best facilities I have ever seen. Coach Bowden is a real down-to-earth type guy. He said before I made a decision, I need to come back down for a visit. I need to talk to all of their tight ends about their experience at Florida State. I know I will go back down there, but I won't be able to attend a camp because of a conflict with work."

Dial is expecting to make his decision before his senior season begins, and it looks to be another heated battle between the Tide and the Noles.

"Right now, it's Florida State number one, Alabama number two. Then, LSU, Southern Miss, and West Virginia. I am not going to jump the gun. I am going to weigh all of my options. I am hoping to have my decision before the summer ends. I am not going to wait until January," said Dial.

Last week, Dial competed in the track state championships. Dial and his UMS-Wright teammates put on a spectacular show.

"The state track meet went great. I placed second in the shot put and the discus. Our team won state. It was very exciting."

One coach has visited during spring evaluation to check out the 6-4, 240, tight end.

"This is only our second week of spring training. We have been having some good practices. Our young guys are starting to step up, and some of the older guys are doing really good. We will have an inter-squad game next Tuesday. The only coach who has been here is Coach Trickett from West Virginia," Dial said.

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