"I had a great day at the University of Minnesota today," Kimberly (Wis.) defensive end Boyd Dietzen said to GopherIllustrated. "I was able to tour everything there, and was able to talk with all the coaches, so I enjoyed everything. I liked the campus and I liked how everything was close by and the new facilities are going to be amazing. They showed us the video there of the new 200 million dollar facility going up and how it would be completed by the time I would be there."
"I spoke a lot with head coach P.J. Fleck and defensive line coach Bryce Paup when I was there with my family," Dietzen explained to GI. "Coach Paup just told me what defense they run and how he sees me fitting in there, and how he will out the players first. He said the way I play on film is similar to how he coaches, so the fit would make sense. Coach Fleck and my family basically talked about the same things, but he thinks that we are similar people and I would be a great fit there. That's when coach Fleck offered me, and that was great. It was the best feeling to get a Big Ten offer like that. He mentioned how they wanted to offer because he sees me fitting into their culture. My parents like Minnesota as they thought everything was very cool and presented well. As far as my interest in Minnesota now, I liked it, but I don't know how I truly feel about it yet because we just left, but it was a great experience. They are definitely one of my favorites."
Dietzen has a few more visits lined up in February.
"I'll be heading to Wisconsin next weekend on the 19th for a basketball game, and then I'll be heading to Iowa State on the 25th for their basketball game, so we'll see how things go then!"