Zadock Dinkelmann, an eighth-grade quarterback from Texas and the nephew of Ty Detmer, has committed to LSU for the Class of 2018.
Dinkelmann, 14, gave his nonbinding verbal pledge to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Friday, said Detmer, the former Heisman Trophy quarterback for Brigham Young.
Dinkelmann, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from near San Antonio, has not played high school football and likely won’t next year as a freshman, Detmer said. Dinkelmann is the son of Detmer’s sister, Dee.
He can make his verbal commitment binding nearly four years from now — in February 2018.
“We all think it’s a little crazy, but we’re excited for him,” said Detmer, now head coach at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Texas.
LSU is the only team in the nation to have a 2017 commit, let alone one for 2018. University High linebacker Dylan Moses committed to LSU in the fall for the 2017 class.
Cameron offered a scholarship to Dinkelmann earlier this week. The quarterback visited an LSU home game this past season and “fell in love” with the school, Detmer said.
“He bought all kinds of LSU gear and wore it around all week,” Detmer said Saturday. “He’s put together pretty good. Very athletic. Runs track. Does real well in everything he does. He’s kind of a natural athlete.”
Dinkelmann will play football for his grandfather, Sonny Detmer, the high school coach at Somerset High and Ty’s father. Koy Detmer, Sonny’s other son, is an assistant at the school. Koy Detmer played as a college quarterback at Colorado and was a seventh-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
Koy’s son, Koy Jr., is the current starting quarterback at Somerset.