Winston Dimel, who stars in the shadow of family stadium at Manhattan High School, committed to the Kansas State program over the previous weekend. The 6-foot, 215-pound fullback/H-back couldn't resist the opportunity to play for his father, Dana, who joined the staff in 2009, and become part of the Wildcat football program.
"I committed last Friday (to Kansas State," Dimel told KStateFans.com. "Friday, I met with Coach Bill Snyder. We talked about me playing fullback and the H in the offense, how I'd fill a similar role of what Braden Wilson and Glenn Gronkowski do now. After talking with him, I made my commitment. He was extremely excited.
"Basically what put Kansas State over the top for me was having been around the program my whole like I've gotten to know all of the coaches as well as the players. It's a family atmosphere that I want to stay and be a part of. My grandparents are here [in Manhattan] and this will allow them to continue to see me play. "
Dimel, who received the Kansas State offer in March, had heavy interest from Oklahoma, who was close to offering after Dimel put on an impressive performance at their summer camp, but couldn't wait any longer to become a Wildcat. He'll turn his focus on helping the Manhattan Indians put in another successful season in 2013.
"Now is a good time to [commit] so I can start really focusing on my senior season," said Dimel. "I want to go out with a bang and win a state championship. I'm just glad the recruiting process is now over for me. I'm finished with it now and know I made the right decision."
Dana Dimel played at Kansas State, himself, during the Jim Dickey era. His son will join, LeAndrew Gordon, son of Joe Gordon, and Tate Snyder, son of Sean Synder and grandson of Bill Snyder, as current Wildcat players with father's on the coaching staff.