“It always my dream to go,” Dietzen said. “I knew that it would be the right fit.”
After a handful of visits finally yielded him a scholarship offer during an unofficial visit Sunday, Dietzen slept on the decision before calling the coaching staff to end his recruitment.
“I kind of knew yesterday but I wanted to wait to make sure I was making the right decision,” Dietzen said. “I talked to my coaches and family, and (the UW coaches) said they were excited and fired up to have me.”
Dietzen is the fifth verbal commitment of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class, the third from in-state and the second of the day, joining Waukesha Catholic Memorial linebacker C.J. Goetz, who was also offered on Sunday.
The 6-3, 240-pound defensive end is also the third prospect from Kimberly to join Wisconsin on scholarship in the last two recruiting cycles, as offensive lineman Logan Bruss and quarterback Danny Vanden Boom are slated to join the program this summer.
Kimberly has won 56 straight games – the longest streak in the nation – and four straight WIAA state titles, the last three coming in division 1.
“We’re coached by a very good coaching staff,” Dietzen said of playing for Kimberly. “They know a lot about what they are talking about. It’s like a college culture here, and that helps a lot.”
Slated to play defensive end, although that could change depending how his body develops, Dietzen is joining a program that is set to graduate three defensive ends after the 2017 season. He finished his junior season with 65 tackles, 16 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
“I don’t have to worry about anybody else contacting me,” Dietzen said. “I know where I’m going. It’s nice to have my future set.”