Gehrig Dieter is a record-breaking machine.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star wide receiver prospect has set five state records and two national records this year at Washington High in South Bend, Ind.
He's the national record holder for receiving yards in a single game (437) and receiving yards per catch (26.9). He also holds Indiana State records in most receiving yards in a career (4,326), a season (2,171), a game (437) and in a 4A State playoff game (168), which he set just this last weekend in the State Championship game against Indianapolis Cathedral (they lost 42-7).
Dieter never dreamed of setting so many records and is rightfully proud of himself.
"It definitely proved I've worked hard my whole life," Dieter said. "I wasn't really shooting for the records, but they just came along and it feels great to have accomplished that."
Dieter said that when he was a sophomore, his coach, Antwon Jones, told him he'd have a chance to play for a Division I school.
"And that made me work hard the next three years and these last two, I've just bloomed," said Dieter, who's been playing football since he was six years old.
Last weekend was Washington High's first trip to the state championship game in over 30 years. Dieter explained that four years ago, his high school went 0-11. Since then, they've had three straight winning seasons.
Dieter said that his top two schools right now are SMU and Oregon. The Ducks went to the national championship last year and have been ranked in the Top 10 all season. SMU, on the other hand, is a program trying to find a place in the national landscape.
Dieter said that the reason why SMU is so appealing is that it reminds him of his high school—a team that went 0-11 a few years ago and has built itself back up to go 11-4 this year.
"SMU is definitely on the rise," he said. "They're joining a BCS conference in the Big East, they have lots of recruits and playing for them would feel like you've accomplished something.
"It's kind of like how my high school is now. We were 0-11 four years ago and have since had three straight winning seasons, so I know how it feels to be a part of the start of a winning program and there's really no greater feeling."
Dieter is taking his official visit to SMU this coming weekend. He's been to the campus once, but just for a summer 7-on-7 tournament. This time around, he's anxious to see more of the campus, the classrooms, the facilities, and meet the coaches and players.
After his visit this weekend, Dieter will take an official to Oregon the next. The Ducks have not offered Dieter a scholarship yet.
Asked what he's looking for in a school, Dieter said he wants to see how comfortable he feels on campus and in the city surrounding the school.
Dieter wants to major in business and is very interested in SMU's program.
He also likes the Run and Shoot, a pass-happy offense, for obvious wide receiver reasons.
"It's definitely an offense that any receiver would want to play in," Dieter said. "And June Jones, he's one of the top coaches in the NCAA so it's exciting that he's at SMU and it's exciting to be a receiver in that offense."
Dieter said that before SMU wide receivers coach Jeff Reinebold found him, he hadn't really heard much about the Mustangs. His high school teammate, four-star receiver David Perkins (who is being recruited by myriad big-time schools, the leader of which appears to be LSU), had been recruited by SMU last year, but other than that, Dieter didn't know much about the program.
But since getting offered this past summer, Dieter has learned a lot more about SMU and is eager to see what's what this weekend on his important visit.
Dieter will play in the Marine All-America Game in January and will announce his college choice then.
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