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Long-time 2018 4-star LSU QB Commit Still Solid?

Zadock Dinkelmann has been committed to LSU for over two years now. Only going into his junior year, he updates Tiger Blitz on his status and recovery from an injury.

LSU already has its two quarterbacks in its 2017 class and has landed one for 2018 as well. The Tigers went into Texas to find four-star Somerset quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann to be one of those signal callers in the 2018 class.

Dinkelmann has been committed now to the Tigers since eighth grade when Cam Cameron and Les Miles took a chance on him. Over two years since committing, that hasn't changed, but he's open too.

"It still stands strong. I'm still committed. That's still my top school at this point," Dinkelmann said. "At the end of the day, I want as many options as possible. I'm kind of open right now, but I would really love the opportunity to go play there. Anything can happen between now and signing day."

Scout's No. 2 quarterback in Texas says he built a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron by the time he committed.

"When I was young, I've always watched them and I've always rooted for them. When they offered me, the relationship with Cam Cameron was pretty good and he's a good coach," Dinkelmann said. "If he stays there, I think I'll end up there. I really like the things we talk about with LSU and what they can do with me."

The LSU staff likes the big-bodied quarterback and what he could do in LSU's offense.

"He likes how athletic and skilled I am at such a young age for how tall I am," Dinkelmann said. "They always help fix the little things I need to work on and tell me what I need to work on in the spring."

Les Miles made a huge impression on him when he visited for LSU's spring game a couple years ago.

"Coach Miles is a great coach. When I met him at the spring game a couple years ago, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's a phenomenal opportunity for me to play for him," Dinkelmann said. "I felt really blessed because there's not many kids that can have that opportunity in life. It's something I'll never forget and it motivates me to be better." 

LSU didn't receive a visit this summer, but will this fall for a game or two. The No. 99 player in the 2018 Scout 100 said his visit a few years back was incredible.

"I really like watching their fans. They're great. It was my first college football game I had been to. It was the best thing ever. To see Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry play, it was amazing."

Stanford, Alabama, UTSA and Texas all received visits from Dinkelmann this summer. Following a stress fracture in Dinkelmann's right foot, he sat out all last season and hopes to get more attention this fall. LSU didn't get a visit this summer due to physical therapy for Dinkelmann.

"A lot of the old LSU staff is there so I really like UTSA. Stanford was nice, Alabama was nice, everywhere was nice. Hopefully, I"ll play this year and the recruiting process can come back again," Dinkelmann said. "This summer, we did a lot of physical therapy. I'm cutting off of it now. It's feeling strong."

Going into his junior season, he feels like the little things have really improved in his game.

"Just the little stuff, play calling, executing, how to read defenses, footwork. Just the things to be the best I can be," the 6-5, 235-pound quarterback said. "I think I'm just more mature and I've improved the way I prepare. It really helped sitting out this year watching the coaches and seeing how they see plays and what they expect."

As far as his team goes, Scout's No. 11 quarterback overall in 2018 says his teammates look up to him and the skill they have could lead to a deep playoff run.

"When we go on a drive and score, I can tell that those guys look up to me. I know they know I'll get the ball into our receivers hands to go score," Dinkelmann said. "I believe we have a really good team and we can go into the playoffs this year and make a run. We're a really skilled team and I think we can do a lot of great things."



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