As we start to take a closer look into future prospects, one that instantly stands out in the 2017 recruiting class is Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) LB Alex Diegel.
Over the years Skyline has produced a plethora of high caliber athletes, and growing up in the Spartan system, Diegel had a chance to look up to some of the best around.
“I’ve been a Skyline kid all along and started playing in 2nd grade,” Diegel told NEI. “The youth program does a great job of getting kids ready for the next level and building a strong connection to the high school team. It was cool coming up in the program and watching guys like Jake Heaps (NY Jets) and Kasen Williams bring home multiple state championships.
“More recently I’ve really looked up to Peyton Pelluer and Cam Saffle because of their style of play and for the example they set on the field and in the classroom.”
Diegel has taken in everything over the years, and really become a true student/athlete. He currently sports a 3.43 GPA while also finding time to volunteer as an Athlete for Kids mentor, and he also works weekly with kids that have Down’s Syndrome.
Last season the Spartans finished 2nd in Kingco, behind eventual State Champ Bothell. Skyline had a rare disappointing end to their season, with a double OT loss to Skyview in the Round-of-32.
The 6-foot-2, 200 pounder got his first varsity start in that game, and with 13 tackles and a sack, he was given the team’s Player of the Game. Digel and his teammates were clearly not satisfied with the result and have used that experience to motivate him this offseason.
“I can say my coaches and teammates really prepared me throughout the season for that moment,”Diegel said. “At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how I played, we didn’t come away with the win and that was one of the hardest experiences I’ve had so far.
“It was really hard to see how it affected the seniors. I know that the loss motivated myself and my teammates to work even harder in the off season so that we can achieve our goal of bringing home another state championship.”
Recruiting is light thus far, but Diegel has heard from a few schools, including the University of Idaho and Northern Arizona. Things will surely pick up as he makes the rounds this offseason, as he plans on attending camps at NAU, UW, Montana, Eastern Washington and Idaho. He will also be attending the NWEFC and Rough Diamonds NW College Showcase.
We will be sure to keep you updated on Diegel as the sky is the limit, and his work ethic looks like it could take him there.