Deiters Makes Nine

Some folks might look at the 5.4 time and think this guy is maybe too "slow" for Division I football. He's big enough, 6-8 [or is it 6-9] and 323 lbs [or is it more?]. Regardless of the numbers, what we have here is a big kid who had serious interest in the Big 10's top teams. Tuesday he chose the Northwestern Wildcats.

Apparently there was something in his film that other coaches missed....
York offensive tackle Neal Deiters apparently turned a few heads at the Chicago Combine, but still hadn't jumped up on the radar of the Big 10's top teams, even after camping at 6 of the conference's programs.

Last June, Deiters told Scout's Chris Pool:
I wasn't as aggressive as I needed to be last year. I was just getting used to playing varsity football and I needed to be more aggressive.
So he fixed that, right?
I've put on a lot of muscle since the end football season and I've worked hard in the weight-room and with my technique.
Enough to impress the NU Coaching staff and get an offer from the Wildcats after attending camp at NU. He was hoping to hear from Michigan and Penn State, but after camping at both no offers appeared - just a promise to monitor his progress as a senior. His goal is to play Div I football and major in civil engineering - two things the Cats offered up along with a scholarship.

He committed to the Cats on Tuesday.

The best judge of a HS player is usually their high school coach. Deiters' coach, York HS's Bill Lech, left him down on the JV his Sophomore year, even though he could see a future O-Line force developing.
I should've brought Neal up to the varsity as a sophomore but we weren't hurting on the offensive line and I decided to leave him down at the sophomore level. Neal is very smart.
And the future for this big man from the Chicago suburbs?
Neal's best football is ahead of him. Neal Deiters is a young man that works hard every day and he never complains.
Sounds like the former Wildcat big guy who is now playing down in New Orleans...?
[Quotes from Chris Pool's story - Deiters Has Something to Prove]

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