Dineen On the Move

Joe Dineen is gearing up for the summer camp circuit. The Lawrence Free State defensive back was a recent visitor to Nebraska after tripping to Oklahoma State over Spring Break. Go Inside as the leader of the Firebird defense breaks down his recruitment…

Kansas prospect Joe Dineen is one of the most dynamic prospects in what is an unprecedented class of Division I talent for the Sunflower State. Doubling as a free safety and running back in 2012, the Lawrence Free State standout will take the reins for the Firebirds and move to the quarterback position for his senior season.

The multi-talented junior visited Lincoln earlier this month to check out Nebraska during Spring Practice. Like Dineen to many opposing ball carriers, The Big Red left an impression on the physical playmaker.

"It was pretty intriguing, what they have with their football facilities," Dineen said about the Huskers. "Everything they have is under the stadium. They have all their football stuff, then you cross under the stadium to the academic stuff, and that was top of the line, too. That was cool."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior has offers in-hand from Rice and Kansas. Like the Huskers, both are recruiting Dineen as a safety. During his visit, he got to know his prospective position coach, Terry Joseph.

"I talked to Coach Joseph a lot," he said of the Nebraska assistant. "Coach John Garrison, he's the one that invited me down there. I had a chance to meet with the weight coach and the trainers down there."

"I shook Coach Pelini's hand and he talked to me. It was pretty cool."

After talking with the Nebraska staff, Dineen is planning a return trip to Lincoln in June.

"They want me to come to camp this summer," he said. "They made it sound like they are interested. I will set up a time to get up there and do stuff."

Aside from the lure of Memorial Stadium and playing in the Big 10, the support Nebraska provides to Husker student athletes was of particular interest to Dineen.

"They have the academic advisors and everything," he said. "Then, they have this life skills program you go through. Its everything else you don't learn in the classroom or on the football field."

"I've never seen anything like that before, so that really stuck out to me."

Aside from Nebraska, a number of other programs are showing interest in the All-Sunflower League defender. A new twist could have him playing closer to the line of scrimmage for one Big 12 power.

"Oklahoma State, they want me to camp. They were putting me more at a linebacker position called Star. It's a safety, but he doesn't really cover the deep middle. I've never played linebacker, but I would be willing to try. I'm not against it at all."

"I'm going to Oklahoma, and to Arkansas. I actually talked to Coach Mike Stoops, and he told me he wanted me to camp down there. They said they want me to camp because they saw my highlights."

When asked about the Razorbacks, Dineen again noted the value of having his video clips online. "Arkansas is kind of the same deal," he said. "Coach Eric Mateos, he sent me a letter with his number on it. I gave him a call, and he said they want me to camp down there."

Also a standout baseball player, Dineen will be busy on the diamond throughout the spring and all summer long. He's quick to point out, however, that his performance on the football field will take precedence.

"All the camps are in the first week of June," he said with a nod. "It will be tough with summer baseball, but during that time period, football will definitely be the priority. With one-day camps, you go in, get your business done, then go to the next one."

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