Deiter Explains Wisconsin Commitment

Talking with Badger Nation following Tuesday's one-day camp, Genoa (OH) High offensive lineman Michael Deiter explains his decision to commit to Wisconsin.

MADISON - Getting his scholarship offer following Wisconsin's spring game in April, Genoa (OH) High offensive lineman Michael Deiter was tempted to end his recruitment before leaving Camp Randall Stadium.

"I've always been a Wisconsin fan my whole life," Dieter told Badger Nation. "I've admired guys like J.J. Watt. They just have a great offensive line tradition here and it felt like home."

Sitting on the offer for almost two months, the 6-5, 300-pound Dieter finally caved, becoming the eight commitment in Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class on Tuesday following the morning session of the Badgers' one-day camp.

"They were fired up," said Deiter of the coaching staff. "They were really excited to have me."

Deiter was a primary focus of offensive line coach T.J. Woods and graduate assistant Josh Ogelsby, going through team and one-on-one drills under their watchful eye. Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen was also present and talked with Deiter on and off the field.

"The big thing about camp was to see if I liked how they coached, and I did," said Deiter. "I was very comfortable with them. I liked how they run it. The coaching staff and the tradition are the biggest thing for me."

Deiter chose Wisconsin over other favorites Illinois and Nebraska, as well as offers from Bowling Green, Georgia Tech, Toledo, West Virginia and others.

"I couldn't find another school that could compare to Wisconsin," said Deiter. "Nebraska came close, but I really wanted to go to Wisconsin."

Deiter becomes the third offensive lineman, joining Hartland (WI) Arrowhead's George Panos and Monona (WI) Grove's Jaden Gault as players to help build UW's depleted offensive line. He is being recruited as a guard, and is ranked the No.66 guard in the country by Fox Sports Next.

With only 12 scholarship linemen expected in the fall, Deiter has a chance to play early if he continues to develop.

"The coaching staff said I would have a good chance to compete for a starting job," said Deiter. "I might very well get a spot if I come ready."

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