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Gehrig Dieter, Washington

Tuesday was filled with mixed emotions for MaxPreps first-team All-American wide receiver Gehrig Dieter.

First, he was unable to play in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., because he had injured his knee during practice.

However, the injury was offset somewhat by his verbal commitment to Southern Methodist University.

The Washington (South Bend, Ind.) superstar told the South Bend Tribune, "It's a great spot. I just feel like I fit in there. Their offense is one of the best passing offenses in the nation every year. They have successful quarterbacks. They have June Jones, who is one of the best offensive minds in college football. It's one of those places where everything's right."

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder etched his name in both the state and national record books in 2011. He set a national record with 437 receiving yards in a single game and a 26.8 average per catch (81 for 2,171 yards). He also set state career records with 4,326 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Several other commitments were also announced on Tuesday. They included DE Deforest Buckner of Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii), who chose Oregon; C Matt Cochran of Buhach Colony (Atwater, Calif.), California; RB Greg Garmon of McDowell (Erie, Pa.), Iowa; and DE Avery Moss of Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.), Nebraska.