Wisconsin’s Kimberly High School football program has a nation leading 56-game winning streak, a streak that encompasses four state championships. A lot of that success is credited to a couple of Wisconsin signees in offensive lineman Logan Bruss and quarterback Danny Vanden Boom and 2018 defensive end Boyd Dietzen.
On Sunday Dietzen got the opportunity to call himself a “Wisconsin commit” down the road.
During his unofficial visit to Madison, Dietzen was one of three in-state prospects offered by head coach Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin staff, a decision that left the three-star prospect enamored.
“I was so grateful when Coach Chryst offered,” Dietzen told BadgerNation. “It was honestly one of the best feelings ever. We were in Coach Chryst’s office and he told me he really saw me being a part of their team, because he can tell that I fit in even though he doesn’t know what position I will play yet. That’s why he wanted to offer me.”
Despite being one of the best defensive players in the state, Dietzen was only really hoping for a nice visit and a fun experience, not an offer.
“Expected it a little, but I was not for sure at all,” Dietzen said. “I was just hoping I would be happy with the outcome of the day.”
As it would turn out, Dietzen came away more than happy with how is visit went, sitting on the basketball team’s victory at the Kohl Center.
“The visit went really well,” Dietzen said. “We watched a great basketball game and got to meet with the coaching staff.”
Wisconsin’s draw to in-state talent has always been strong, with many of the state’s best prospects year in and year out supporting the Badgers growing up. It’s the exact same situation for Dietzen, making the offer just a bit sweeter for him.
“It’s just great because I’ve been a Badger fan my entire life,” Dietzen said. “This is just a great feeling to be offered by them.”
Knowing that teammates Bruss and Vanden Boom will be joining the Wisconsin program in the summer, the prospect of continuing Kimberly’s pipeline and reuniting with his former teammates is immensely appealing to Dietzen.
“It would be great to play with my old teammates,” Dietzen said. “I really like how Coach Chryst coaches and how he is as a person. I know that they (Bruss and Vanden Boom) like it a lot where they’re at.”
Despite his admitted lifelong affinity for Wisconsin, Dietzen would not go as far as declaring the Badgers his leader, though Wisconsin does stand out among his other offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Syracuse.
“It’s too early to tell for me,” Dietzen said. “They’re definitely towards the top. For sure they were one of my very favorite visits. I like pretty much everything but I really like how close the team is and the atmosphere at all the sporting events and how they prepare you for life (after football).”
Dietzen has an unofficial visit lined up to Iowa State later this month on the 25th.