It really is almost the exact same system with the same terminology that I run now. —Zadock Dinkelmann
SOMERSET, Texas — BYU's latest quarterback commit could well be called a custom fit for the program.
Zadock Dinkelmann committed to sign with the Cougars as part of the 2018 class on Monday, and will arrive at BYU well-schooled in Ty Detmer's pro-style system — a system that can prove a challenge for most incoming players.
Since a young age, he's has been tutored by the Detmer family. Ty Detmer is Dinkelmann's uncle while Sonny Detmer operates as both his grandfather and high school coach. Oh yeah, his other uncle, Koy Detmer, is currently part of the Somerset coaching staff, as well.
"I've always been real close with Ty and I've been working with him, my grandpa and all of them ever since I can remember," Dinkelmann said. "I started playing quarterback when I was in the sixth grade and I've been playing it ever since."
Dinkelmann wasn't just schooled in technique by the Detmers, but in the system Ty brought to BYU.
"It really is almost the exact same system with the same terminology that I run now," Dinkelmann said. "There's some new stuff, with it being a college offense and all that, but it really is the same offense, basically."
Dinkelmann was recruited by BYU almost right after Ty Detmer was hired as offensive coordinator. He was previously committed to sign with LSU, before a coaching change there changed all that.
"They told me I wasn't their No. 1 guy anymore, so I decided to look elsewhere," Dinkelmann said.
He first visited BYU last summer, and immediately took to the place.
"I just loved it the second I arrived there," Dinkelmann said. "The mountains, the atmosphere — just everything felt comfortable to me. I loved it and I'm excited to get up there again this summer and then as a player after I sign."
Dinkelmann cited interest from such programs as Texas, Texas-San Antonio and Lousiana-Monroe at the time of his Cougar commitment.
When he arrives at BYU, Tanner Mangum should be entering his final year as the assumed starter in 2018. He'll then likely battle players such as Kody Wilstead, Beau Hoge and his cousin, Koy Detmer Jr., immediately following Mangum's departure, all of whom will have had at least a year schooled within his uncle's current system.
Dinkelmann's advantage upon arriving could very well prove to be his playing experience within the system, coupled with superior 6-foot-5 height, which dwarfs that of his uncles and cousin.
"It definitely comes from my father's side of the family," Dinkelmann said of his height. "So I've been blessed with that. I just hope to continue to improve so that I'm ready to compete right away and help the program as best I can."