Dream Offer for Dietzen

Going through his first college camp, Seymour (WI) High junior offensive lineman Jon Dietzen's size, ability and potential impressed the Wisconsin coaches enough to earn him a Badgers offer, making him the first in-state junior to accomplish that feat.

MADISON - Seymour (WI) junior offensive lineman Jon Dietzen admitted that the sole purpose of traveling to Nebraska last week was to start the recruiting process, going on his first college campus visit. He never thought he would be leaving with an offer.

"It was an amazing feeling," Dietzen said. "I never saw it coming. When my coach told me they wanted to make an offer, I was just blown away. For a Big Ten school like that with good history is amazing."

Not only did it give the 6-6, 315-pound junior his first offer, it gave him confidence that he could play at the division 1 level. So going through his one-day camp with Wisconsin, his first college camp of his career, Dietzen had nothing to worry about.

"It gave me some confidence that I could hold my own," Dietzen told Badger Nation. "When we all met in the lobby at Nebraska, they said we were all high-level players. That gave me a lot of confidence coming here (to Wisconsin's camp)."

Working extensively with offensive line coach T.J. Woods and graduate assistant Josh Oglesby, Dietzen showed enough potential during the camp with his strength and raw intangibles that head coach Gary Andersen personally offered Dietzen on Tuesday.

"It's pretty amazing, especially to get an offer this early," said Dietzen. "Coach Andersen called me over, we were talking side to side and he basically told me he wanted me to play for them. He would like to have me there.

"It was pretty crazy. I was trying to hold back a smile and stop myself from thanking him right away. Inside I was just elated. I was just trying to keep my cool on the outside."

Dietzen maintained he is uncommitted, wanting to let things sink in and play out before making a rush decision. On the same account, he recognizes the offensive line tradition that Wisconsin has, especially when he sees in-state linemen like Joe Thomas, Travis Frederick, Peter Konz and others make it to the NFL.

"Playing for Wisconsin would mean a lot, especially with all the in-state guys on their line who go on to do great things," said Dietzen. "It would be great to be another in-state guy who comes in, gets better and does great things."

Dietzen is done with college camps and left the door open to possibly do some skills camps in the future. No matter when he decides, he'll never forget his eight-day stretch in the month of June when his recruitment took off.

"It's unreal," said Dietzen. "I can't compare it to anything else. It's basically the best that's appen to me since I started playing football."

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