Dieter Picks Up Steam

After pushing himself on the camp circuit, the tips and tools Washington (Ind.) HS wide receiver Gehrig Dieter learned are paying off, as he turned in a week one receiving performance never before seen in Indiana high school football.

MADISON - To say Gehrig Dieter had a monster opening night for Washington (Ind.) HS wouldn't give him enough credit. In just three quarterbacks of action against Bloomington North, Dieter had 373 receiving yards, setting an Indiana high school record for most receiving yards in a single game and falling roughly 52 yards short of the national record. Throw in the fact that five of his eight receptions went for touchdowns, it was a pretty impressive season opener for Dieter.

"The practices were pretty sloppy leading up to the game and I was kind of worried how we might play," Dieter told Badger Nation Wednesday. "But the first play of the game was a touchdown by David Perkins and the first play of the second possession was a touchdown by me for 80 yards. After those two possessions, we knew we were going to be in an offensive rhythm and we were going to score some points."

After their opening week 46-23 win, Dieter said his team's expectations have changed for this coming season.

"We knew we had a good team this year but we didn't know how good we could be," Dieter said. "We still don't necessarily know because we've only played one game, but the team we beat in Bloomington was regional champs from a season ago. We're thinking we could be state contenders this coming year."

Breaking records isn't a new thing for Dieter, who is quickly becoming one of the most underrated receivers in the Midwest. As a sophomore, he broke three conference records by having 63 receptions, 1,167 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Although splitting slightly last season, finishing with 48 catches for 988 yards and 11 scores, Dieter showed that he hasn't missed a beat.

"I'm confident I can break those records again," Dieter said. "That's an individual goal of mine but the team goal is winning state. But in order to achieve those goals, I'm going to have to come out and compete every day in order to achieve those goals."

With Dieter putting up impressive numbers, one would think he would have a nice list of offers. That's not the case for Dieter, who has yet to grab a BCS offer. Still, Dieter's offer list has grown to eight, including a recent offer from SMU.

"I was excited about the offer from them," Dieter said. "It's a great school for receivers and their receivers coach at SMU is a cool guy."

The Wisconsin coaches showed interest in Dieter earlier this summer, seemingly building a good relationship with receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and linebackers coach Dave Huxtable. But with Wisconsin limited on scholarships and other targets on its radar, it appears the Badgers may have turned their attentions to different receivers for the time being.

"I haven't been in contact with the coaches in a while," Dieter said. "I've tried calling them about 15-20 times but they haven't picked up their phone."

Dieter stayed busy this summer by participating in many summer football camps to show college coaches what kind of receiver he is, including a visit to Madison. He also learned a lot from the camps that he could apply to his upcoming football season and in the future.

"I would say I'm kind of in between a big play receiver and a possession receiver," Dieter said. "The one thing I learned from participating in the camps is you have to play fast. In order to play at the next level you need to play fast because if you don't, you won't be able to get on the field."

If Dieter continues to put up numbers like he did against Bloomington North, he should see more offers come his way.

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