OT Dietzen has Michigan Interest

Michigan is still actively building its 2015 offensive target list, and one name that could rise in prominence in the coming months is that of four-star Seymour, WI prospect Jon Dietzen.

Sam Webb: First, just kind of reflect on the year. How did things go for you individually? Obviously your team did really well; you went to the third round of the playoffs. But when you look back on your performance how would you say you did?

Jon Dietzen: "I think I improved a lot from last year. Everybody kept telling me I was doing a really good job so [I] can't complain."

Sam Webb: Pretend for a second that you're a coach or you're a scout and you're watching yourself on the football field. Kind of give me a scouting report. Kind of break down your game as if I'd never seen you play before.

Jon Dietzen: "I guess my run block is pretty impressive. I like to be real quick off the ball and give guys a good pop."

Sam Webb: Is it definitely right tackle for you or are some schools kind of projecting you as a left tackle?

Jon Dietzen: "I really didn't talk about that specifically too much. I'm open to anything on the line. I've kind of talked about just kind of getting moved around the line and seeing what works."

Sam Webb: Now you're obviously a couple of years away from college but you're already a very heavily recruited guy. Where does your offer list stand at this point?

Jon Dietzen: "I only have two. One from Wisconsin and one from Nebraska."

Sam Webb: Did you grow up a Badger fan, a Wisconsin fan?

Jon Dietzen: "I guess my family is just a bit of a Badger fan as everybody else in Wisconsin I guess. Not over the top, but definitely."

Sam Webb: Was there a temptation to go ahead and commit or was it always the case that you were going to wait?

Jon Dietzen: "The thought was kind of in the back of my mind but I knew the best thing for me right now was kind of wait. It's real early and just kind of let everything play out."

Sam Webb: Alright. So you have those two offers. Do you think some other schools might be close?

Jon Dietzen: "I'm thinking so. I'm getting a lot of high interest from a lot of schools. I guess it just depends on who I'm talking to I guess."

Sam Webb: Alright. So talk to me a little bit about your interaction with Michigan. How often have you talked to them? Have you talked to them recently? Have they been by your school at all this year?

Jon Dietzen: "They haven't been to my school that I know of. I do get a lot of mail from them. My defensive coordinator coach actually knows someone at Michigan so I think it's a little bit of a connection there. They still send me a lot of mail and they keep in contact. I haven't been able to contact a whole lot of people during the season but now that the season's over I'll be talking to a lot of people."

Sam Webb: Is Michigan a school that you'd be interested in visiting if and when they start talking to you? Are you going to get out and start taking trips now that the season is over?

Jon Dietzen: "Oh yeah. Definitely. A lot of the Midwest kind of schools are a lot of the places I'd like to check out. It's always nice to stay close to home but I'm still open to everything."

Sam Webb: Now, you said you're a run blocking kind of guy, kind of a downhill guy. That's kind of Wisconsin football for instance. Is that the kind of offense that you want to be in or are you open to spread schools in the Midwest as well? Are you open to a spread offense as well? Do you have a preference?

Jon Dietzen: "No, I don't really have a preference. Whatever they want to put me at, I'll do whatever I can."

Sam Webb: When you get ready to pick a school what are going to be the most significant factors in that choice?

Jon Dietzen: "I think just the atmosphere in general. There's a lot of people that come out, they visit somewhere and they just do it on the spot. That's where they wanted to go. I think that kind of thing pans out, you know? If you really have a feel for a place."

Sam Webb: Is distance from home; is that going to be a factor for you at all?

Jon Dietzen: Not necessarily.

Sam Webb: Okay. What about timeline? Do you have an idea of when you want to make a decision?

Jon Dietzen: "I haven't really put a lot of thought in it yet. I decided that during the season I was going to kind of just not really pay a whole lot of attention to recruiting [and] just concentrate on our season. And now that our season's over I just said, "I'm going to start to really get down to everything."


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