Pittsburgh offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach became the sixth player to verbally commit to Penn State for its 2010 recruiting class Tuesday.
Dieffenbach, who was long thought to be a Pittsburgh lean, didn’t take long to pull the trigger after being tendered a scholarship by Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley last week.
“I had been telling myself that when I got that feeling
in my stomach that the time was right and I had found the right school,
I’d commit,” Dieffenbach told Pantherlair.com. “When I was up at Penn State I felt it all day, and I knew
that I wanted to do it in front of Coach Paterno.”
Dieffenbach’s recruiting momentum began picking up last month when he was named the State College Nike Camp’s lineman MVP. That helped get him an offer from Penn State along with a few other schools including Boston College last Friday, but in the end, after considering all his options, Dieffenbach made the call.
“They have everything that I want,” Dieffenbach said. “You can’t deny that
they were the Big Ten champions; that stands out a lot. It’s close
enough but far enough away. I like (offensive line) Coach (Dick) Anderson a lot, too.”
Dieffenbach is listed by Rivals.com as a tackle, but projects more as a guard at the next level. He plays with great pad level and a nastiness that is needed to play on the interior. This kid is a big get for Penn State and proves that Joe Paterno and his coaching staff can still recruiting Western Pennsylvania.