- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
UPDATE: According to Derek Dieter, Gehrig's father, there was a miscommunication between he and his son. Gehrig is going to announce Jan. 3 at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He won't make a final decision until after he takes all visits.
State and national record-breaking receiver Gehrig Dieter (South Bend, Ind./Washington) could be close to making a decision.
Dieter, a two-star receiver ranked 40th overall in Indiana, is favoring Southern Methodist and could pull the trigger sometime over the next few weeks, Derek Dieter, Gehrig’s father, said.
“Right now he’s really liking SMU,” Derek said. “I love SMU, and I think it’d be perfect. The school, the academics – the Cox School of Business – playing football in Dallas with June Jones. It’s going to be a program on the rise.”
Gehrig Dieter will be graduating early, and SMU’s spring semester begins Jan. 17.
One team very much still in the hunt for Dieter is Florida. Dieter has a good relationship with Gators offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who invited Dieter to Florida for the Gators’ game against Furman on Nov. 19.
The Gators have had a number of pass catchers leave the program over the last several months.
Oregon receiver coach Scott Frost checked out Dieter at practice a few weeks ago, but Derek isn’t sure whether the interest on either side is still there.
“I think he’s kind of cooled on that,” Derek said. “I’m not sure if he’ll go to that Oregon State game [Nov. 26]. Frost wanted to redshirt him, and I know he would want to play right away.”
Boston College could emerge as a possible destination, too, as an assistant coach will fly in for Dieter’s game on Friday night, according to Derek. An offer from a BCS program will likely change Gehrig’s decision timetable and possibly his leader board.
As of now, Dieter has offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, SMU, Toledo and Western Michigan.
In September, Dieter set the national high school record with 437 receiving yards in a single game. He is Indiana’s all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, and will likely become the state’s record holder for single-season receiving yardage Friday.
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