Rated: Dietzen is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com
On Film: I saw him play in the first game last year, and he wasn’t one of the guys I went out there to see honestly. Dietzen made a ton of plays. He’s a kid who is going to play defensive end in Wisconsin’s 3-4. He reminds me a little bit of Conor Sheehy at that age, just a tough, hard-nosed, high-motor guy. He gets off the ball pretty well. He’s someone who is going to be a good solid player. I don’t know if he’s going to be a superstar, but his ceiling is very high. At the very least Wisconsin is going to get a productive player, and I think there’s a good chance they’ll get more once he gets into the strength and conditioning program. – Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
Recruiting Story: After being an honorable mention all-conference pick following his sophomore season, Dietzen elevated his game last season, reporting 65-plus tackles, 16 sacks and 10 tackles for loss to lead the Papermakers to a fourth-straight WIAA state championship.
The rise in his production led to a rise in his recruitment, starting with offers from Iowa State and Northern Illinois in December and recruiting interest from Central Michigan, Duke, Iowa, North Dakota State and Western Michigan. He attended Wisconsin’s camp the previous summer, but the contact was fairly quiet.
Also an all-state thrower in track and field, Dietzen got his first Big Ten offer last weekend from Minnesota, as the P.J. Fleck’s interest in him at WMU carried over. The Badgers had already had invited Dietzen down to Wisconsin for a Sunday basketball game and to get a closer look at the program. To Dietzen's surprise, Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst was armed with a scholarship offer as soon as he got to campus. Calling Wisconsin his dream school, Dietzen slept on the offer before calling the staff to commit.
Recruiting Impact: With the upcoming graduation of Alec James, Chikwe Obasih and Conor Sheehy, and only taking one defensive end in the 2017 class, recruiting defensive ends appears to be a critical aspect of the 2018 recruiting class. Well before Dietzen was offered, the Badgers had been aggressively recruiting defensive ends in the Big Ten footprint and in recruiting-rich areas.
Having offered over a dozen projected defensive end prospects, Wisconsin appears to be sitting the best with Franklin (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East four-star Devin O’Rourke, Plantation (FL) American Heritage three-star Andrew Chatfield and Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek’s Nick Fulwider.
The Illini were one of the first power-five programs to offer O’Rourke and he has been to their campus several times, but he has spoken highly of the Badgers multiple times and has enjoyed his Madison campus visits. Northwestern, Nebraska and Penn State also appear like major players for him.
Wisconsin continues to be one of the top schools for Chatfield, who had 24.5 sacks during his junior season and was visited by the Wisconsin staff during the spring evaluation period. Florida was one of his more recent visits and a school that could offer him down the road. Getting an offer from the Gators or Miami could alter the course of his recruitment.
Fulwider was one of Wisconsin most recent offers and told us in our weekly recruiting feature that the Badgers were a “dream offer” for him. Fulwider also has a handful of SEC offers.
Quote: “I don’t have to worry about anybody else contacting me. I know where I’m going. It’s nice to have my future set.” - Dietzen
Final Thought: With the improvement of the University of Wisconsin over the last two decades, high school programs in the state have followed suit. As a result, the Badgers have been able to tap into some pretty impressive programs consistently, namely Brookfield Central, Hartland Arrowhead and a handful of others. Kimberly is quickly becoming one of those programs. While UW commits Logan Bruss and Danny Vanden Boom turned the Papermakers’ offense into a balanced behemoth, Dietzen spearheaded a defense that allowed an average of 9.4 points in 14 games a year ago. At 6-3 and 240 pounds, Diezen has the potential to really blossom in the strength and agility department. Some of UW’s best edge rushers the last few seasons have been in-state players, and there’s no reason to think Dietzen can’t become one of them.