Dieter 'Chips' Away

South Bend (IN) wide receiver Gehrig Dieter has a half dozen offers, but a lot of big schools he's camped at said they're going to wait to offer. It might be too late considering the tear he's on. Fresh off an impressive 7-on-7 performance in Dallas, another opportunity this summer to prove himself, Dieter didn't disappoint.

MADISON - With seven MAC scholarship offers, Gehrig Dieter finds himself in a comfortable spot in his recruitment, having multiple solid choices that most high school juniors don't have at the midway point of summer.

But for a three-star wide receiver that is ranked No.91 in the country by, Dieter recognizes it's not good enough, especially when BCS schools are looking at him almost as a ‘Plan B' type guy. The result is the chip on Dieter's shoulders as grown exponentially and while some players feel the burden of the extra pressure, Dieter's performance at the BadgerSports 7-on-7 National Championships showed that he's talented, motivated and eager to prove wavering coaches wrong.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior from South Bend (Ind.) Washington HS was a man on the mission for the Good Squad this past weekend, showing off his athleticism over the middle and down the field to put himself as one of the most impressive players of the event.

"It really was a great experience because you knew that every team was going to be good," Dieter told Badger Nation Tuesday. "Even though we lost, I got to go against some of the top safety and corners in the nation and I was able to play against them.

"I personally think I am underrated, so I just go into whatever I do with a chip on my shoulder to try and do better than the people others say are better than me. I just go and work harder than other people and play as hard as I know I can play."

The chip is twofold for Dieter. Not only does he feel he's undervalued, he feels under appreciated, a mindset that he carries every time on the field. In the last two seasons, Gehrig has 108 catches for 26 touchdowns, not to mention that he broke conference records for receptions (60), receiving yards (1,167) and TD catches (15) as a sophomore.

But after camps at Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin, to name a few, haven't yielded offers, Dieter keeps chipping away.

"My high school receivers coach told me to carry that (chip) with me when I play," Dieter said. "It tells me that I need to be working hard and performing every time I am on the field. I don't feel that I've got that attention yet that my hard work has produced."

Since returning from Dallas, Dieter has received plenty of recognition from coaches and players at the event, but the main contact he has received in the days since he's been back was from SMU, as the Mustangs receivers coach was impressed by Dieter's performance.

"He said that he really liked me and would like me to take an official visit, so they might offer me," Dieter said. "It's still been slow though, but that shows me that I have to keep working hard and sometime, it'll all fall into place when it needs to."

Even though Wisconsin backed out of an offer after his impressive camp performance, saying that they were going to wait until the beginning of fall to see how other receiver's decisions played out, Dieter said that he is still interested in the Badgers and has maintained a solid relationship with head coach Bret Bielema and receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.

"I'll probably call Coach Alexander sometime this week," Dieter said. "Wisconsin is a great place to be. I love the atmosphere. The coaches were all great. The players were cool and they always win, which is the main thing. I love to win, and I want to be on top. So, hopefully all of that will fall into place."

After pushing himself though the camp and 7-on-7 circuit, Dieter plans on working out with his high school teammates, and possibly heading to Auburn's camp at the end of the month.

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