South Bend (Ind.) Washington wide receiver Gehrig Dieter received a positive reaction to his camp appearance at Auburn in July, so the 6-3, 210-pound pass catcher made a return trip to the school this weekend with his close friend and Auburn commitment Zeke Pike.
"I went there two weeks ago for their camp and really liked it, so I wanted to go back down there with him to the facilities that I didn't get to see," Dieter said. "Zeke was the main reason why I went. I really want to play college football with him. We have a good connection and I think he's probably the best quarterback in the nation."
Pike and Dieter's relationship has grown this off-season when the pair played and traveled the country together on the same 7-on-7 team.
Dieter had high praise for Auburn after working at their camp last month, and his excitement for the school was furthered after this most recent visit.
"It's like a family at Auburn," Dieter said. "Coach Trooper [Taylor], their receivers coach, is one of the coolest coaches I know. When I was at the camp I loved the way he coached and loved how he was in-your-face, up-tempo and aggressive."
Auburn has yet to offer Dieter, but he was able to discuss their plans for recruiting him in the future during his most recent visit to the school.
"At the Auburn camp they said I left a great impression on them," Dieter said. "They were talking about me being patient. I am patient right now, but hopefully at the end of the day I will get an offer from them. They want me to take an official visit when Zeke goes, so when Zeke tells me when he is going to go I will [set] an official down there and see how that goes."
Dieter is not sure if that official visit will take place in the fall or winter, but he is willing to be patient for a chance at an Auburn offer.
"I want them to offer me now," Dieter said, "but at the same time they won the national championship next year, they want me to take an official visit and they want me to come down with one of their best prospects from 2012, so I'm okay with them holding off on offering me because I have a lot of respect for their coaches and what they do."
Dieter does hold seven offers from MAC programs Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan. Besides Auburn, he also attended camps at Tennessee, Auburn, Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue this summer.
"The Tennessee camp I did really well at and the Purdue camp I did good at," Dieter said. "The Indiana camp I had to leave early because I felt really sick."
Dieter now turns his attention to his senior season at South Bend Washington. They kick off their 2012 schedule against Bloomington North on Aug. 20.