The LSU Tigers receiver a verbal commitment from quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann Somerset, Texas. Somerset) who is the first pledge for the class of 2018. Yes, Dinkelmann is an eighth grader and the 14-year-old nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.
“LSU is a top program, and Zadock has liked LSU for a long time,” Johan Dinkelmann tells ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree. “What kid at his age with dreams and aspirations wouldn’t commit to a program like that? It’s a tremendous opportunity. It was an opportunity that we, as his parents, wouldn’t let him pass up if that’s what he wanted.”
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron extended the offer to the 6-3, 180-pounder who has yet to play a varsity game. According to Geaux247, “Cameron has never seen an eighth grade quarterback with Dinkelmann’s physical tools at this stage of his development.”
Dinkelmann is the son of Detmer’s sister, Dee. Dinkelman’s father, Johan Dinkelmann, played at Cincinnati in the early 90s. Zadock’s grandfather, Sonny is his high school football coach where his cousin Koy, the son of 10-year NFL vet Koy Detmer is the team’s starting quarterback.
“Obviously, Zadock has been blessed with some physical talent,” his father said. “He’s big. He’s tall. He’s got a good arm. … “He’s going to continue to work hard, and his main focus now is leading the freshman football team. God willing, he stays healthy and continues to improve, and he’ll get to live out his dream of playing for LSU, the school he loves.”
LSU made headlines last fall when they received the commitment of class of 2017 recruit Dylan Moses after extending an offer to him when he was in middle school. The commitment of Dinkelman is the youngest since David Sills committed to the USC Trojans as a 13-year-old in 2010.
In recruiting we often worry about seniors who commit early and whether they will stick with their commitment on national signing day, so with two weeks less than four years away from receiving Dinkelman’s you have to wonder if he’ll stick with his LSU commitment.
If Dinkelman commits in 2018 and plays four years with at LSU, what do you think the chances are that Cameron and Les Miles are still in Baton Rouge?
Here is the only highlight I could find of Dinkelmann, it’s brief, but it shows he’s got a cannon for an arm.