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July 19, 2013

Dimel picks hometown Wildcats

When your dad is the offensive coordinator at your college of choice, committing isn't as easy as screaming across the house. You can't just leave a note on the kitchen dry erase board, either.

Winston Dimel had to have a meeting.

The son of Kansas State assistant coach Dana Dimel, Winston, a Manhattan (Kan.) High School fullback, did things formally. He told his father in advance, sure, but when it was time to make things official, he took short trip trip to the big office.

"I scheduled a meeting with Coach [Bill] Snyder for today at noon and went up there and told him," Dimel said on Friday. "He was excited. I just got done talking to him, like, five minutes ago."

The conversation was brief but wide ranging. Snyder discussed Dimel's future role and outlined some of the advantages he'll have by already living in Manhattan, just down the street from where he'll play college football on Saturday's next year.

A full year before Dimel will ever take part in an official college practice, he has a good idea what's in store for. Then, he's kind of known for a while now.

"It's an H-back, fullback position," Dimel said. "He just talked about how Glenn Gronkowski is that H-back, fullback right now and Braden Wilson was before. He just said he wants to use me like that. That's really all we went over."

The more obvious advantages of Dimel's commitment to the hometown program didn't need discussed. They were the driving forces behind his decision, after all. And just after the three-star prospect wrapped up the meeting with his future head coach, he laid them out again.

"I have a bunch of family here," Dimel said. "Another exciting part is that I know most of the players and that I know the whole coaching staff. I'd say it's the right place for me."

Dimel, whose lone offer is from K-State, has seen a spike in recruiting interest since putting on an impressive performance at Oklahoma's team camp last month. Still, he says he does not intend to take other visits and will put his recruitment firmly in the past.

"I really just wanted to start focusing on my senior year of high school and focusing on my teammates," he said. "I want to start focusing on winning a state championship."



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