Upstate LB Drawing More Interest

DUNCAN, S.C. - Byrnes standout linebacker Chad Diehl went on the record with CUTigers.com after Saturday night's scrimmage where he discussed everything from the upcoming season to his recruitment.

LB Chad Diehl Profile

Chad Diehl, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect out of Byrnes High School is quickly learning how to play linebacker.

After all, it may be his best chance to play at the Division I-A level.

"Offensively I have started the last two years," Diehl said. "Defensively at linebacker I am a little inexperienced. I think this game (against Independence) will help me out big on defense as far as experience goes. I got to play against some big competition. It will help make me feel more comfortable."

As most people know by now, Byrnes is coming off its fourth straight state championship and hopes to make it five this season despite losing 38 seniors from last year's team.

Last Saturday night against Independence High School of Charlotte, the Rebels came out on fire, racing to a 21-0 lead.

"The first few scrimmages we came out kind of flat," said Diehl. "But tonight we came out fired up, but after it was 21-0 we kind of let up. We've got to keep playing hard the whole game." On the recruiting front, several schools have already moved in with scholarship offers, including Virginia Tech.

"Virginia Tech is still very interested," he said. "I have an offer from them. Duke is still keeping in touch a lot. I have an offer from them. Those are my only two offers so far. Wake Forest is also recruiting me pretty hard right now."

The Clemson coaching staff has also been in close contact with the talented linebacker.

"Coach Napier and coach Blackwell are recruiting me pretty hard from Clemson," he said. "They still want to see some game field to make sure I have what it takes. I am going to work hard and see how that goes."

When asked if he has any favorites, Diehl responded, "I don't have any yet. I am going to wait and see who offers."

The Byrnes standout would obviously enjoy playing with his current teammates Willy Korn, Stanley Hunter and Xavier Dye (pending approval) at Clemson.

"It would be awesome. That is the dream. It would be awesome. I would love it," he said.

Diehl also talked about some of his goals for his senior season.

"I want to work as hard as I can to get the best scholarship I can. I want to make sure I feel comfortable where I am going. I just want to play as hard as I can every play," he added.

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