“I’ve been playing football since the second grade for Skyline and I looked up to so many of the guys - Kasen (Williams), Jake (Heaps) - all those big boys,” Diegel told Dawgman.com recently. “When I was little, every Friday night I would come out and support the Skyline Spartans.”
An admitted monster Seattle Seahawks fan, Diegel considers himself the ‘ultimate bandwagon fan’ when it comes to college football. “I just bounce around from team to team,” he added.
Diegel will play outside linebacker, tight end and special teams for the Spartans this coming fall.
“Last year was a good season,” Diegel said. “I was only on special teams until the last game against Skyview. It was a great season, I loved all the guys. Now I’m just getting ready for next season. I’ve been working hard for it. I just want to help my team win games and help us get to where we used to be in the past.
“For the past two years we’ve been in the playoffs, and that’s always our goal is to make State and win State. The past two years we haven’t gotten the job done, so we’re hoping this year we get to where we were. That’s our ultimate goal right now.”
From Skyline Head Coach Mat Taylor’s perspective, Diegel’s coming out party was against Skyline, and his performance in that game bodes well for a strong future.
“He ended up starting the game - we had a couple of key kids out - and he came in and had at least one, if not two, sacks in the game,” Taylor said of Diegel. “It was like, holy smokes. It gave us a glimpse, and now you see him out here and he’s 20 pounds heavier and at least an inch taller. He’ll be a linebacker. We haven’t ruled out a move to inside ‘backer, so we’ll move him around and see where he best fits because he’s so darned athletic and so gifted. Offensively he’ll play some H-back and tight end for us when we want to stretch the box out. He’ll probably 20 snaps at Tight End or H-back too.”
Diegel has one individual goal in mind for 2015. “I just want to lead the team in tackles and help the team out,” he said. “That the most important thing - to help the team out in any way I can.”
Even though he’s a rising junior and won’t sign a letter of intent until February 2016, Diegel is already putting in the miles to get noticed in the recruiting process. He just went to camp at Northern Arizona and also went to the recent Northwest Elite Camp at Lynnwood High School and the second Washington Rising Stars camp. He will camp at Eastern Washington, Montana, Idaho, as well as the Rough Diamonds camp this coming weekend at Interlake High School.
“I’m just trying to get exposure right now because recruiting is pretty light,” Diegel admitted. “I’m only getting recruited right now by Northern Arizona and a little bit from Idaho. I’m trying to get on the radar of some coaches.”
And the Huskies? “I haven’t had any communication with any of the Washington coaches yet,” said Diegel. “I’m hoping to get some. I’ve emailed some of them; just hoping for a response.”