Deiters Has Something To Prove

Elmhurst (Ill.) York offensive tackle Neal Deiters (DYE-TERS) was one of the surprises of the Chicago combine held last month at the College of DuPage. The 6-foot-8, 323-pounder has a few scholarship offers and knows why more schools are cautious about making the commitment of offering him a scholarship right now.

"Virginia and Toledo are the schools that have offered me a scholarship." Neal Deiters told

"There are a lot of schools talking to me and I know why they haven't offered. I wasn't as aggressive as I needed to be last year. I was just getting used to playing varsity football and I needed to be more aggressive."

Things are starting to get better for Deiters and he's ready to hit the camp trail in hopes of impressing college recruiters.

"I've put on a lot of muscle since the end football season and I've worked hard in the weight-room and with my technique." Deiters said.

Deiters is ready to show off his improved strength and speed as he hits the summer camps starting next week.

"I'm going to Iowa on Monday," Deiters said. "I'm also camping at Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State and Northwestern.

"My favorites are Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern and Virginia. If I had to name a leader right now, it would be Michigan. I've been to Michigan four times and I really like coach (Andy) Moeller."

Does Deiters have a time-frame for making a verbal commitment.

"I'd probably commit to Michigan if they offered me at camp," Deiters said. "I'm not in a hurry to commit but if Michigan offered, I'd have to sit back and take a close look at things," he added.

York finished the 2006 with an 11-2 record and a semi-state appearance. The Dukes are coached by Bill Lech who had this to say about Neal Deiters.

"Neal is going to be very good," Coach Lech said. "I really mean that. Neal's best football is ahead of him. Neal Deiters is a young man that works hard every day and he never complains.

"I should've brought Neal up to the varsity as a sophomore but we weren't hurting on the offensive line and I decided to leave him down at the sophomore level. Neal is very smart, he comes from a very supportive family and I'm looking forward to having him be our anchor of the offensive line this fall."

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