'Cats Offer One of Their Own

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Dana Dimel returned to the Kansas State staff in for a third time in 2009 after coaching at Arizona. It was that year his son, Winston, began his playing career at Manhattan High School. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound fullback/linebacker is now in his junior year and recently received his first offer from the Wildcat coaching staff.

"About two weeks ago is when I received the offer for Sean Snyder," said Winston Dimel. "He said they really liked my highlight tape. They've told me that I blocked well, have a strong lower body, and think I can put on weight easily and get a lot bigger in college. He also mentioned he liked my hands and my technique. They like me at fullback, but I have talked with Coach Cox about playing linebacker.

"I was definitely excited to receive the offer. I've grown up being around the program my whole life. Since my dad coaches there, I know everyone. It's a community I'm comfortable in having been in it forever. Coach Snyder is the greatest college coach in the game in my eyes, certainly one of the best ever, and it would be an honor to play for him."

Although Dimel could very well end up staying in Manhattan for college, he wants to get his name out there and see who's interested. With an outstanding academic standing, he's heard from many of the Ivy League colleges including Yale and Princeton.

"I'm planning on getting out to camps this summer," he said. "I've sent my highlight tape out of all of the Big 12 schools and my dad has talked to schools like Oklahoma and Oklahoma State about me. I'd like to see if I can pick up some more offers and check out some campuses.

"In choosing a college, I think tradition is important. I want to play for a team that's been good for awhile. I kind of like a program that has new, modern facilities. The next think I consider is the coaching. I want to see coaches who are helping their players get better as they go along."

In his junior season with the Manhattan Indians, Dimel played tight end, H-back, and middle linebacker. He lead the team in receptions and was named all-Centennial League and all-State honorable mention for all Kansas classifications. He plans on competing at the National Underclassmen Combine in St. Louis on April 21st.

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