Cameron Dial (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) wants to be a household name by November. He’s already known in circles at Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and UMass.
If the 6-foot-1, 225-pound defensive end has his say, he wants it to fall off the tip of tongues from coaches around the country by the time his junior season is over.
Dial went up against Lancaster offensive tackle Kyle Trout Friday during Twinsburg’s 44-21 victory and more than held his own.
After gaining 189 yards of offense in the first half, Lancaster managed just 24 yards in the second half and didn’t get out of the red until the last drive.
“I’ve been working hard,” Dial said. “Scouts see my size and speed. I’m pretty fast for how big I am. I just like to get after the quarterback. If I keep working hard and keep doing what I do, I could be a top recruit.”
Sometimes recruits say things like that to try to garner attention, but what Dial is doing on the field far outweighs his words.
Lancaster scored touchdowns on its first three possessions -- two set up by big plays through the air -- but after Dial honed in, the Golden Gales folded.
In virtually three games this season, Dial has gone from a defensive end that registered 22 tackles and one sack a year ago to the heart and soul of Twinsburg’s defense.
“It’s motivation to work harder,” Dial said. “These schools that are interested are from around Ohio and that’s great, but I want to get them from the other side of town, the other side of the country.”