Dieffenbach Was Impressed By ND

Miles Dieffenbach will check back with Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus real soon.

In town for the Irish's junior day this past weekend, Miles Dieffenbach, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman from Fox Chapel Area High in Pittsburgh, brought a highlight tape with him, and is anxious to hear what the Notre Dame coaching staff thought about it.

Dieffenbach is hoping the film will at the very least, put him in the right direction for an eventual offer.

"I feel with my academics and personality, I fit in the program well," Dieffenbach said.

Pittsburgh thinks Dieffenbach fits in quite well, offering him a scholarship. He is hearing from plenty of other schools including Notre Dame, and he wanted to take a trip to see how he meshed with the people in South Bend.

"It was a lot of fun," Dieffenbach said. "It was definitely a successful visit. The people there, how into the sports they are, the academics, the structures of the buildings, the facilities, everything was great."

Dieffenbach enjoyed hearing speeches from head coach Charlie Weis and athletic director Jack Swarbrick. He was in awe during dinner, as the juniors ate in the press box inside Notre Dame Stadium.

"It was very cool to see the stadium for the first time. It was awesome.

"Everything was so beautiful."

Dieffenbach, who can play every position along the offensive line, was also happy to meet Notre Dame's new offensive line coach Frank Verducci.

"I liked him a lot. Where he's been, you can tell he has to know what he's talking about. I asked him the type of things he's looking for in linemen, and what he said is the things I think I have in assets.

"He seems like a good coach, intense, but he said he's also a teacher."

Dieffenbach will attend Boston College's junior day next weekend.


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