SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Washington High receiver Gehrig Dieter now holds a national receiving record.
Perhaps he’ll soon hold a few BCS scholarship offers.
On Friday night in a 63-10 victory over Elkhart (Ind.) Central, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Dieter hauled in 12 receptions for a single-game national record 447 yards and three touchdowns (66, 70 and 90 yards).
“It was fun,” Dieter stated. The previous record was 421 yards. “At the beginning of the game I didn’t think I would get that many yards. But Coach (Antwon) Jones knows my ability to play and just threw it up a whole bunch of times and I just came up with a national record.
“It feels good but at the same time without the offensive line blocking or the quarterback throwing it, I wouldn’t have the record.”
Dieter currently has scholarship offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan. Many other schools including Auburn, Oregon, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue are showing interest and have asked for senior game film. All there going to see is Dieter hauling in eight passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns in the opener, 11 catches for 343 yards and three scores in game two, and the national record-breaking performance from Friday night.
This summer, Dieter dominated at summer events including the New Level Athletics Pittsburgh regional and then the national championships held in Dallas.
“I’m still playing with a chip on my shoulder,” Dieter said. “I feel like I haven’t got the respect I’ve earned and I’m going to keep playing hard every game.”
Dieter said that Auburn and Oregon are the two programs standing out. He visited the Tigers campus twice this summer and his 7-on-7 quarterback this summer was Auburn quarterback commit Zeke Pike. From Oregon, Dieter has built a solid bond with assistant coach Scott Frost.
“Auburn because of Zeke Pike and Coach Trooper (Taylor) and Coach (Gus) Malzahn,” Dieter said. “Coach Frost, we have a really good relationship. He said he wants my kind of receiver, they need my kind of receiver.”
Dieter has identified those two programs as well as Iowa and SMU as possible official visits. Other schools Dieter has interest in includes Indiana and Notre Dame. Dieter’s older brother Nolan just earned a spot as a walk-on quarterback for the Hoosiers, and Irish assistant coaches Chuck Martin and Tony Alford attended the first half of Friday’s outstanding showing. Notre Dame was by Washington to see Dieter and his teammate, Top247 linebacker David Perkins, earlier in the day.
“(They) asked if I was interested,” Dieter said. “I said yeah and they said they want to see what happened after this game. Hopefully I can get an offer from them.
“I don’t know if I’d go (to Indiana) because I don’t think I have the relationship with the coaches I want. Even though it would be fun playing with my brother again, at the same time it’s what I want.”
If Dieter keeps putting up performances like he has the first three weeks, many more programs are going to want him.