2017 Cherry Creek DE/OLB Jon Van Diest, is a football player! Suited to play linebacker, Van Diest has spent most of his time playing with his hand on the ground as a defensive end. Going into his senior season, Van Diest will be a four year starter for Creek, having established himself as one of Colorado’s top defenders, using an arsenal of skills including great hands, leverage, strength, quickness and unlimited motor.
A productive player who has registered 21.5 sacks over the last two season, Van Diest has not flown under the radar having garnered early offers from Colorado and Colorado State. Recently his interest has gone beyond the borders of Colorado as he gained a Nebraska offer earlier this month and today added a Washington State offer. Beyond his current four offers, Indiana, Air Force, Duke and Vanderbilt are also in contact.
Next season, Van Diest will need to build on his leadership role for his Cherry Creek squad. Many of this year’s top defensive performers for the Bruins; Javier Craft, David Imola and Steven O’ Malley are seniors and will take their talents to the college level next season. Further, Van Diest’s former teammate, Santino Marchiol, a monster 2017 LB prospect, has moved to play at the IMG Academy in Florida. With these talent losses, more of the defensive playmaking will fall on Van Diest’s back. Talking about leadership next season Van Diest says, “It will defiantly be a bigger leadership role than it was last year. I think I'll have to lead through example and also be more vocal to motivate and help my team reach our goals.”
Right now Van Diest is rehabbing from a broken arm from late in the season. Also, in preparation for next season and later the college game, Van Diest, who will play backer in college, is working on, “recovery and having good lateral movement and change of direction.”
Now with a new Pac 12 and a Big 10 school on board, Van Diest has moved from a regional recruit to a national recruit. Ultimately colleges can rest assured they will gain a polished, hardworking defender who will test offenses next season and during his college career. There is no doubt that soon, Van Diest will hit double digit offers.