- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Most of the Midwest and Western Pennsylvania’s top prospects are already committed and just waiting for signing day to make everything official. On Tuesday, two more recruits will join that group when each announces at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Gehrig Dieter (South Bend, Ind./Washington)
Considering: Kansas and Southern Methodist
The two-star wide receiver grabbed national headlines earlier this season when he began his senior season with three consecutive 300-yard receiving games. In the last of those three games, Dieter went for 447 yards to set a new national record. By the end of the season, Dieter set two national records and six Indiana state records.
Despite all of his success, Dieter has not received much attention from BCS programs. Dieter received his first BCS offer just a few weeks ago when Charlie Weis offered hours after being named Kansas’ coach. Weis was recruiting Dieter while the offensive coordinator at Florida though the Gators did not offer.
SMU was Dieter’s leader before the Jayhawks offered, and now Dieter could choose either team. Dieter enjoyed his visit to SMU and loves the idea of playing in June Jones’ offense. Dieter is hoping to play early and the SMU staff sold Dieter on an opportunity to catch a number of balls as a true freshman.
Kansas and SMU are the only two schools Dieter officially visited.
Greg Garmon (Erie, Pa./McDowell)
Considering: Arkansas, Iowa, Miami (Fla.)
The four-star athlete made December visits to Arkansas and Miami and those two moved their way into Garmon’s top three along with his longtime leader, Iowa.
Over the last decade, Iowa has dipped into Erie, Pa., a number of times and Garmon was an Iowa lean for several months. Garmon has an opportunity to break into Iowa’s running back rotation as a freshman. In Iowa’s favor is the pipeline the Hawkeyes have built in Erie and that Garmon had favored Iowa for a while.
Garmon has always loved Miami, though, and the Hurricanes could be Iowa’s toughest competition. Garmon is comfortable with where the Canes stand in terms of NCAA violations and sanctions.
Arkansas was the last to jump into the Garmon sweepstakes after an official visit in mid-December. The Razorbacks were not a factor in Garmon’s recruitment until recently, but he loved his trip and the Razorbacks have a legitimate shot at landing him. In the Razorbacks’ favor is that Garmon’s final official visit was to Fayetteville and that trip is fresh in his mind. Fellow four-star prospect Dwayne Stanford II similarly committed to Oregon over longtime favorite Ohio State shortly after visiting the Eugene, Ore., campus for the first time in November.
Note: Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) three-star safety Bam Bradley was planning to announce at the game but changed his mind. He is considered a heavy Ohio State lean but is also looking at Pittsburgh and Stanford.
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