Assistant coach Sean Snyder has been hitting the road hard in attempting to shore up the 2014 recruiting class, but he didn’t have to go far to secure fullback Winston Dimel. After a lull in recruiting commits, it looks like things are picking up again for K-State with Manhattan native Dimel on board. And with interest from Arkansas, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, San Diego State, and Wisconsin in Dimel, this is a solid win for the program.
Dimel is the fifth best fullback in the nation as ranked by Rivals. As of July 19 he was a solid verbal commitment to the team, and should be a bear helping out in both pass protection and opening holes for the next generation of tailbacks to go through the program. He is a three-star recruit and stands at 6’0″ and 215 pounds going into his senior year at Manhattan High School. He played both fullback and tight end his junior year, where he was an all-state honorable mention.
Dimel’s decision was undoubtedly aided by his family – and not because mom wanted her son staying close to home. Winston’s father, Dana Dimel, was a tackle at K-State from 1984-1986, is currently the co-offensive coordinator, and has been with the program for 16 years (with a break to pursue other opportunities). However, it was still Snyder that conducted the recruiting, as Dana reportedly stayed out of the picture while encouraging his son to make his own decisions. “My process was pretty normal,” Winston commented, “My dad kind of stayed away from my recruiting process and let me decide and figure out what I wanted to do own my own. I know he’s really excited.” And when the Wildcats offered him a scholarship in March, he continued looking at colleges while attending a camp at Arkansas and visiting Oklahoma. However, it appears he’ll be wearing purple and silver next year and should combine with Gronkowski to make a fearsome tandem in the backfield in the future.