Something like three years ago an assistant football coach at Genoa High School reached out to me about his offensive lineman Michael Deiter. Michael was huge at the time. Guessin 6’5-295.
I did some video work and watched him at one camp. Liked him, but questioned just how well he moved in the box. Athletic, but played high. Had some concern about his pass protection. But he was tough and was a road grader. My comment was “needs to be in the right system.”
Michael had offers in the Big Ten. No Michigan or Ohio State offers, but many offers. He committed to Wisconsin. The “right system. He has played a lot and, I believe that he has started on the O-line for two years and will chance to play on Sundays.
Genoa has a junior (2019) whose name is getting out there. Andrew Bench is a TE/DE. Guessin 6’5-220 (at least). Also a starter on the basketball team. Can run. Really athletic. Like his toughness. YES, I have checked him out. On HUDL video and in person, at a basketball game last month. Will be a four year starter on the varsity basketball team. Also will be a four year starter at tight end. Carries a 3.1 GPA
Plays on both sides of the ball. At linebacker – Does not over run the ball. Good tackler. Finishes plays. Deceptive speed. Like his toughness. Needs to grow into body. Can carry a lot more weight. Work on hips and change of direction.
I like him better as a tight end. Good hands. Does not get held up. Solid speed after the catch. 6’5-220 and has the long frame to add a lot of weight and strength. Liked his feet, while watching him play basketball. Long arms.
I realize that basketball is really important to him. Probably plays AAU. Sometime this summer, he needs to get in some work at some college football camps. Needs to get in front of decision makers. Needs to show his athleticism. Needs to show his ball catching ability. Needs to show is competitiveness. Needs to work out at TE. Needs to see top competition on both sides of the ball.
Although I thought Michael Dieter was a perfect “fit” for Wisconsin with regards to the OL, I should have done a better job evaluating his athleticism.
Looking forward to watching Andrew Bench grow and dominate his level of competition. He will need to do that to play on the D1 level. All 6’5-220 of him.