Two-star South Bend (Ind.) Washington receiver Gehrig Dieter didn’t feel good much of the weekend, but he was still able to see everything he wanted to on his official visit to Southern Methodist.
“It was good,” Dieter said of his first official visit. “I got to see all the facilities. They had a real nice locker room, weight room and training room. They had a lot of nice things, and I didn’t think SMU had that.”
Dieter spent a lot of time this weekend with Mustangs receiver coach Jeff Reinebold, and on Sunday he met with coach June Jones. Both told Dieter he would be a great fit in Jones’ wide-open attack.
“They said they don’t have someone with my size and speed,” Dieter said. “They said I’m a perfect fit, and it’s great to hear you’re perfect for the position.
“And coach Reinebold talked about the offense and what they like to do with it.”
Dieter finished his senior season with a pair of national receiving records and 2,171 yards on 81 catches. At SMU, Dieter knows he has a great shot to reach that 80-catch plateau four more times.
“Really how they spread the ball around,” Dieter said excites him most about the SMU offense. “They always have one or two receivers with over 80 catches a year, and that’s definitely a good thing. They spread it around and they have good quarterbacks there, and they’re recruiting classes are getting better every year.”
Reports have surfaced that Jones met extensively with Arizona State officials over the weekend, and it appears he is the front runner for the Sun Devils job. Reinebold talked with Dieter about the possibility of Jones taking another job and said the staff would have a spot for Dieter no matter where they are next season.
“He told me whenever they find out they will let me know,” Dieter said. “He said he doesn’t know what he’s doing right now, but he’ll definitely let me know. Really wherever they end up going he said he wants me with them.”
Dieter will officially visit Oregon next weekend and is talking to Auburn, Florida and Northern Illinois about setting up an official visit as well.