Gehrig Dieter is a Mustang.
What a get for SMU.
Dieter, a 3-star wide receiver out of Washington High School (South Bend, Ind.), announced his decision to commit to SMU instead of Kansas at the Semper Fidelis Bowl in Phoenix Tuesday evening.
"I've decided on SMU," Dieter said, surrounded by his family. "I like the way [June Jones] spreads the ball around his offense. They always have two or three receivers with 50 catches in that offense."
Scout's team on the sideline noticed that Dieter's parents were wearing SMU shirts in the stands before the official announcement came.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver set five state records and two national records his senior year:
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).
Though invited to play in the Semper Fi Bowl game, Dieter is on the sideline with a knee injury.
With the Jones-Arizona State mess, plus Adrian Klemm leaving for UCLA a few weeks ago, this commitment is crucial to SMU recruiting. The Mustangs have lost a couple recruits since that chaos and are on the verge of losing a few more in the 11th hour.
However, Dieter's commitment shows other prospects that SMU is still a program on the rise and a place where players can succeed.
Dieter's decision to come to SMU was in question for a couple weeks as he and new Kansas head coach Charlie Weis have had a relationship for quite sometime (ever since Weis coached at Notre Dame). Dieter even tweeted early today that he received a text from new KU quarterback Dayne Crist.
Guess none of that mattered in the end, as the Run and Shoot is where Dieter has decided he will feel most comfortable.
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