Dieter Working to Stay Home

Having hit the road for the Best of the Midwest Combine in Indianapolis on Monday, South Bend native Gehrig Dieter is working hard to stay close to home for his collegiate career. Irish Eyes spoke with Dieter about his interest in Notre Dame.

For some, the chance to leave home and grow as a person is one of the benefits of heading off to college. However, some have reasons to stay close and when you are talking about a school like Notre Dame, why would anyone want to leave.

For Gehrig Dieter of South Bend (IN) Washington High School, he knows a scholarship offer from hometown Notre Dame would be a dream comes true.

"Notre Dame is a great school combining academics and athletics. The coaching staff is cool, and I like Coach Alford. Coach Kelly knows what he is doing and is one of the most winning coaches of all time. I would love the chance to play for him and with a lot of family in South Bend; it would be great to have a chance to play in front of them and all the people I know."

While Gehrig knows there might be other destinations many would feel could be better, he also knows Notre Dame has its own identity.

"South Bend is not the greatest city or the worst city. However, Notre Dame is a city within a city, and the campus and everything around Notre Dame is getting a lot better. My family is there and they will support me no matter where I go, but they would love for me to attend Notre Dame."

As a receiver, Gehrig knows the Irish offense under Brian Kelly is a dream comes true.

"Our high school offense is a spread offense and Coach Kelly runs the spread. So I would love to play in it and feel I would have an early advantage going in to Notre Dame."

With two offers in hand, several programs from across the country are taking notice of the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Dieter.

"A lot of Big Ten schools and a couple of PAC-10 schools are showing a lot of interest right now. A lot of the schools in the MAC as well as Notre Dame have also been in contact."

So where does Gehrig feel he fits at this point and time in the Irish plans?

"I'm not really sure about that right now. I feel I will know more after camp. I know my coach spoke with Coach Hinton and he wanted to know if I played basketball so he could watch me play. I do not play basketball so that did not happen."

Planning to attend Junior Day this weekend, Irish Eyes will check back with Gehrig Dieter about his unofficial visit. Top Stories