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2018 Early Signing Period: DE Boyd Dietzen signs with Wisconsin

Another in-state standout heads to Madison.

Wisconsin Athletics

Class of 2018 DE Boyd Dietzen

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
OLB 6'4 245 Combined Locks, Wis. (Kimberly) Three stars, No. 23 SDE

Another Dietzen is set to join the Wisconsin Badgers.

Kimberly, Wis., standout Boyd Dietzen has won many, many, many games for the Papermakers up in the Appleton area during his prep career (Kimberly owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 70).

Now he takes his all-state honors and championship distinctions to Madison, where he will join cousin Jon in wearing cardinal and white during his collegiate career.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8730; No. 568 player in the country; No. 23 SDE; No. 1 player in WI

247Sports: Three stars; Grade 86; No. 661 player; No. 21 SDE; No. 4 WI

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 79; No. 54 Position (DE); No. 45 Regional; No. 1 WI

Rivals: Three stars; 5.7 Grade; No. N/A National; No. 1 State (WI); No. 27 Position (SDE)

Verbally committed on Feb. 20, 2017

Dietzen committed with two other in-state players—linebackers C.J. Goetz and Mason Platter— on the same Monday in February after being offered on the Sunday prior.

From our analysis of Dietzen back on Feb. 26, with the help of Kimberly head coach Steve Jones:

Defensively, Dietzen’s ability to get to the quarterback or rusher quickly instantly pops out in his Hudl highlights. Kimberly head coach Steve Jones, who has guided the Papermakers to 56 consecutive wins—best in nation—and four consecutive WIAA state titles (three straight in Division I), mentioned how disruptive he was in the offensive backfield, pairing with future North Dakota State Bison Logan McCormack on the line.

“I think Boyd did a great job exploiting any one-on-ones that he got on a Friday night. He plays very well with his hands, and he’s extremely explosive,” Jones said. “He’s got great hips. You see that on the football field. You can see it in the weight room. You can see it be a thrower. He’s one of the top throwers in the state. As a sophomore, I think he threw about 60 feet, so that shows some explosiveness as well.”

Whether or not he beats the offensive lineman right off the bat, or works off the initial block to pursue his target, his motor doesn’t stop until the play is dead. When he gets to his target, especially against opposing quarterbacks, the end result normally resulted in a stiff hit to the ground.

“He’s relentless, you know what I mean,” Jones said, who also acknowledged Dietzen’s good pad level and athleticism. “Some of those plays he had in the backfield were in large part because of his hustle, and he never gave up on a play.”

According to 247Sports, Dietzen held offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa State, Syracuse and Northern Illinois.

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Bio (courtesy of

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … member of four consecutive Wisconsin Division 1 state championship teams, going 56-0 over four-year career … named state Defensive Player of the Year as a senior by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … winner of the Tim Krumrie Award as state’s top senior defensive lineman … first-team all-state by WFCA and Associated Press as a senior … unanimous first-team All-Fox Valley Association as a junior and senior … finished with 70 tackles, 20.0 TFLs and 10.0 sacks as a senior … racked up 56 tackles, 28.0 TFLs and 18.0 sacks as a junior … switched to defense as a sophomore, recording 45 tackles, 10.0 TFLs and 6.0 sacks … had 4 catches and 2 touchdowns as a freshman … also a standout track and field athlete, winning state title in discus as a junior … all-state in track as a sophomore, junior and senior … set school records in shot put (63-8) and discus (192-2) … also lettered two years in hockey … scholar athlete … coach was Steve Jones

Personal: Parents are Boyd and Kelli Dietzen … cousin Jon Dietzen is offensive lineman for the Badgers