Dahl is the man in the middle

Butler Community College consistently produces several D-1 caliber prospects every year and this coming season should be no different. One of the most-honored of the returning class is C Erik Dahl (6-2, 280) and he's likely to see lots of attention during the spring evaluation period. JCFootball.com caught up with the Grizzlies' pivot man and he talked about all things football...

Dahl was a full-qualifier out of Shawnee Mission, Kansas and he received All-Area and All-Region honors as a senior and three-year starter.

"We were pretty good when I was a sophomore, but my junior year we weren't very good," Dahl recalled. "My senior year, we came back and were 4-5, but I just didn't get a lot of looks.

"I mainly had D-2 and NAIA schools looking at me and that just didn't work out so I wanted to go to a school that I felt could move me on to the next level.

"Butler has such a great reputation as a school and their coaches were pretty cool and I felt comfortable so I decided this was the place for me."

When Dahl arrived, he arrived with several talented players in his recruiting class.

"Our coaches were pretty happy to have all of us coming in," Dahl said. "I think our class is pretty good and we played pretty well last year."

Dahl especially performed like an upper-classman, earning First Team All-KJCCC honors as while also being named All-Region and he was also named a 2nd team NJCAA All-American.

"I had a good season, but this offseason I want to get stronger," Dahl said. "I also want to get up to about 290 because I think that's my best playing weight.

"I'm also going to work on getting off the ball quicker so that I can get to my blocks and not have to reach as much. The defensive linemen are closer to me than anyone else, so I'm already at a disadvantage, so the quicker I can get at making the snap and then stepping to my block the better I will be."

Dahl hasn't seen any recruiting attention as of yet, but that should change in the near future when he and his coaches start sending out highlight tapes and when schools can come and watch Butler's spring practices.

"My coaches have pretty much wanted to take a break from the recruiting stuff for a couple of months, but they said it will pick up in the spring," Dahl said. "I'm patient so I can wait and show schools what I have in practice and then see what happens."

Since Dahl was a full-qualifier, he can leave at any time so he expects to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to cover Dahl over the next few months and update things as they change.

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