When it’s all said and done, fullback Winston Dimel (Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan) will play college football in his hometown -- and for his all-time favorite coach.
And we’re not talking about longtime Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, the guy who has the university’s football stadium named after him. We’re talking about another longtime coach on staff. The guy Dimel eats dinner with.
Dimel is the son of Dana Dimel, Kansas State’s co-offensive coordinator who is in his 16th year with the program. A 6-foot-1, 217-pound fullback expected to see time at H-back, Dimel chose the Wildcats over interest from Arkansas and Oklahoma. Kansas State was his lone offer.
“Growing up in town, I now get to play for the team I grew up watching my whole life,” Dimel said. “It was tough at first. After I sat down and thought about it, I felt I needed to make a decision now. It’s where my heart was. I wanted to start focusing on my senior year and my teammates and not the other stuff.”
Dimel, an all-state honorable mention athlete, was recruited not by his father but by special teams coordinator Sean Snyder. Dimel is the Wildcats’ eighth pledge of the 2014 class and the second of the summer, joining three-star quarterback Aaron Sharp (Houston/Summer Creek), who committed on June 29.
Playing for his father, Dimel said, was pretty important to him in his recruiting process. However, he added that he didn’t completely shut down his recruiting when the Wildcats officially offered him. Dimel wanted to make the right decision, which meant doing his research on the other schools interested.
Dimel also added that while his father approved of the commitment, he didn’t have a lot to do with the actual process.
“Right when they offered, I didn’t want to commit right off the bat,” Dimel said. “Honestly, K-State just was the best school when I looked at it.
“My process was pretty normal. 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.”
Dimel knows everything about Kansas State. His favorite player is another Manhattan local, Jordy Nelson, who played for the Wildcats from 2003-07 and went on to be a star wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers.
Dimel hopes he can one day be as productive as Nelson. In the meantime, Dimel said his immediate goals are simple.
“I want to gain some weight but stay as fast as I am,” Dimel said. “I ran a 4.68 [40-yard dash] as my fastest. I want to work on my hands and get better with blocking. I just want to get as good as I can for my freshman year.”