Whether it was a misprint or a bit of a prank, there is no mistaking that J.J. Dielman is anything but a joke to college recruiters.

Not many 6-foot-1, 185-pound offensive linemen, as the Desert Vista senior was listed as on the Thunder's roster last season, receive as much attention as Dielman.

That's because Dielman began the year at 6-2, 210 pounds, but the reason he is getting the attention now is because a growth spurt has pushed the All-Fiesta Region first-team selection to 6-5 and 255 pounds.

"I don't know where that came from," Dielman said about the wrong listing on the roster. "I guess it was a misprint, but most people knew it was wrong. It was no big deal."

Especially now that the colleges are finding him.

Dielman received an offer at the end of spring ball by Utah and since received offers from Northern Arizona, UNLV, San Jose State and San Diego State.

It's been a good run for Dielman and he is feeling pretty good about how things are progressing.

"The first one (from Utah) was like an honor and a since of relief," he said. "Then I really got to know the Pac 12 program and the coaches and it was unbelievable. When the other ones came in it made me realize that I am going to have some options."

The signing date isn't until February so there are probably plenty more to come and the same could be said for his body frame.

"I think I will get a little taller and keep getting bigger and stronger," said Dielman, whose father, Jeff, is 6-foot-7 and played some college basketball. "Coach ‘C' will make sure I will. He's been huge in helping me get to this point."

Coach C is Desert Vista's strength and conditioning coach Doug Christofis, who is also the girls cross country coach. Christofis said his job is easy when the pupil is so willing to put in the work.

"JJ has grown leaps and bounds from January until now," Christofis said. "He has worked all the way through, his maturity level has risen and he has been amazing.

"He probably finished the end of last year at 210 pounds and at that point we talked a lot about eating right, nutrition and calories. He really works his butt off to bring it all together."

While Dielman is happy about all that has transpired since the end of the football season, including the linemen finishing second in the Big Man Challenge at the 7-on-7 tournament at Northern Arizona, he is more excited about what is going on with the team.

"It's been a good, fun atmosphere," he said. "There is a really high energy and everyone is buying in. We have big expectations after last year. Anything short of the state championship would be a disappointment."

The Thunder return a bunch of starters on both sides of the ball from a team that went 10-3 and lost in the Class 5A Division I semifinals to Desert Ridge.

While some positions will be open for competition, the right side of the line will be locked down by Dielman at tackle and junior Zach Tamburo at guard.

"We work great together," said Dielman, who should have an expanded role defensively this fall. "It's funny how we always see the same thing even before it happens. We have a great time together and love playing physical."

Throw in the knowledge of offensive line coach Tim Thies and the right-hand side of the line should be doing plenty of damage this fall.

"(Thies) has been everything in my development, especially during the season last year," Dielman said. "He is a great coach, is really intense and made me better each week. I was a different player by the end of the season."

Christofis said that Dielman has the intangibles to make sure that growth continues as more becomes expected of him as a senior.

"The way he goes about his business, doesn't talk a lot and stays focused, resonates with everyone around him," Christofis said. "He sets the pace and has become a great leader."

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com

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