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Fox Chapel star Dieffenbach picks PSU

Miles Dieffenbach still plans on making his father proud — only not at Pitt.

Dieffenbach, a Fox Chapel lineman, made a verbal commitment Tuesday to play football at Penn State.

The junior also had offers from Pitt, Syracuse, Florida State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Virginia, South Florida and Boston College.

His father, George, is the longtime coach of the Pitt women's tennis team, so many believed the 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman would choose the Panthers.

"My dad's not upset, at all," said Dieffenbach, who's considered the third-best center prospect in the country by Scout.com. "He supported my decision to the fullest.

"It came down to Pitt and Penn State. I kind of knew I was going to commit (to Penn State) when I visited there a week ago. I liked everything I saw. I visited there again (yesterday) and decided to commit."

Dieffenbach, a first-team all-state player last season, said Penn State could play him at offensive guard or center.

"Wherever I can get on the field the fastest," he said.

Fox Chapel athletic director Mike O'Brien said plenty of college coaches have inquired about Dieffenbach, a four-star recruit who has burst onto the scene.

"It's been great for our school and our program," O'Brien said. "It's flattering when you have Florida State, Northwestern, Penn State and Pitt coaches walking in. These are big-time schools coming to Fox Chapel."

Dieffenbach is glad the recruiting process has ended.

"It took a lot of time away from things," he said. "But now, I can focus on my grades and other things."

Dieffenbach is the fourth WPIAL player to commit to Penn State from the class of 2010. The others are Penn-Trafford guard Luke Graham, Sto-Rox quarterback Paul Jones and Canon-McMillan linebacker Mike Hull.

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