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Commits Three & Four: Dimery, Peterson

Preston Dimery

Texas State received two verbal commitments for their 2017 class from two defensive backs this week, Kerrville-Tivy strong safety Preston Dimery and Cedar Ridge corner Colby Peterson.

Both players actually committed within 24 hours of each other, with Dimery committing on Monday night (May 23) and Peterson committing the following afternoon (May 24).

Although Houston Baptist has since offered Dimery and others like UTSA have shown interest, the Bobcats were the first program to offer him back when they did so in March. Being first to court him and his strong belief in Texas State head coach Everett Withers went a long way in Dimery’s decision.

“(Withers) is a great guy, a lot of energy,” said Dimery. “They were the first to offer me and that meant a lot. I was on Facetime with (defensive coordinator and assistant head) coach McCray and he handed the phone to coach Withers and then he offered me.”

At 6’1”, 175-lbs, Dimery has a number of highlights on Hudl of him using his long arms to go for the ball and break up passes. He does a good job of keeping his head on a swivel, keeping his eyes on his receiver, the quarterback, and the ball so that he can make a play. He also appears to be a solid tackler and does a nice job of coming down to stop the run.

Just like Dimery, Peterson’s very first offer came from Texas State when they offered him on May 4. He hasn’t received any other offers since but said he didn’t need to wait long to commit due to his admiration for Texas State.

“Texas State is an awesome program, I love what coach Withers is doing,” said Peterson. “Coach McCray and the defensive staff are terrific coaches. I just felt like it was the right choice and that it was time to make the call. Texas State has always been one of my top schools. I love the program and I know that things are changing and I want to be apart of that.”

Colby Peterson
Colby Peterson

Colby’s older brother, Ian, was offered by Texas State last year. Although he signed with Kansas, Ian took a visit to San Marcos and brought Colby with him. The experience stayed with Colby and has come full circle with his commitment to the Bobcats, “I went with him to get the experience of how things work. Now I get to go back on my own, which is a great opportunity.”

At 5’11”, 178-lbs, Peterson has flown under many team’s radars but he reportedly runs between a 4.4 and 4.5 40 and has pretty decent pedigree, as stated above. His highlights on his Hudl page haven’t been updated since his sophomore season so it’s hard to gauge what he can do from that.

Dimery and Peterson are both unrated on on any of the major recruiting sites. In fact, only one of the four Texas State commits is rated, Prosper middle linebacker John Brannon (3-star). While the lack of “star power” may be concerning to some, it shouldn’t be.

The Bobcats have been offering a number of big-name prospects, which is a good thing, but they are also showing trust in their evaluations of local talent that have flown under the radar. The three unrated commitments are all within a two-hour drive to San Marcos, Judson nose guard Darren Thomas in San Antonio, Dimery in Kerrville, and Preston in Round Rock.

The competition for recruits in Texas is as tough as it is anywhere, so finding hidden gems in your own backyard is key for Texas State. Not to mention that any one of these players could get bigger offers, which will raise their star rating, which will mean more offers, making it harder to keep them committed. Keeping the player committed is just as important, if not more so, than receiving a verbal commitment.


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