Dieffenbach came out of Fox Chapel high school in Pittsburgh as a highly-rated center by the recruiting experts. Rivals, Scout, and ESPNU all rated the lovable big guy in the top-five center prospects in the entire country.
After a redshirt freshman season and a sophomore season without stepping on the field, Dieffenbach broke into the starting lineup in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore. He went on to solidify an offensive line that was in transition for the next three seasons. Not just a big hunk of meatball, Dieffenbach was selected as an all-Big Ten academic in each of his final three years at Penn State.
After suffering a knee injury early into his 2014 redshirt senior season, he was able to return for the final five games, including Penn State’s return to the post-season in the Pinstripe Bowl versus Boston College. He spent a short stint with his hometown team the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was cut in August, never seeing the field at the highest level during the regular season.
Dieffenbach is known for his great personality and as a leader among his peers. He recently revealed a tremendous weight loss of 105 pounds while visiting Penn State. After tipping the scales at 303 pounds during his playing days, he now weighs less than 200 pounds.
Looking good brother, @Curiousjorge65! Proud of this guy, lost 105lbs & is an impressive young professional. #WeAre pic.twitter.com/eJ0XpWoLkr— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) May 11, 2016
Only 65 more days until Penn State football!