Duncan (SC) Byrnes, 2023 Standout Player and Texas Tech New Promise Michael Dingle represents exactly the type of quality athlete that goes unnoticed on the radar that this coaching staff under Joey McGuire will find and target on a regular basis. Dingle has a tiered athletics profile that adds valuable context to his athleticism that sparkles on the field.
In particular, Dingle’s admittedly limited participation in the sprint shows very promising results, including 10.92 seconds in his only attempt this spring, plus a 200-meter time of 22.05 and 22.41. In addition, Dingle won the South Carolina title in the Class 5A 110-meter hurdles by running 13.68 seconds in May, a week after his personal best of 13.56 at regionals.
Dingle, who debuts as high three-star rating of 88 on 247Sports, which classifies him as a linebacker and also counts 23’1″ and 22’10” long jumps in his ledger. What do these numbers mean? Dingle has a proven athleticism that should help him develop over the next few years. It speaks to his athletic potential and provides a remarkable context for what he could become, especially when compared to other players in his class.
Dingle’s chasing line speed flashes this top gear from time to time. He can show that top speed on the field more consistently, but the glimpses we see are impressive. He’s a instinctive defender who plays to his advertised size, which at 6ft 1in, 215lbs is just right in the size range best suited for the many linebackers drafted in the NFL as high schoolers over the past few years.
In addition, Dingle has a wingspan of plus 5, which gives him a physical advantage and should provide functionality on the field as an invader and by overflowing capture windows in the catch area. Mastering your covering technique will be key for Dingle as he moves into the Big 12. His ability as a slanting defender and running from sideline to sideline is strong, and although his covering context is limited, he has the physical and athletic qualities to work well in this area with some seasoning.
It will be interesting to follow Dingle’s senior season in 2022. His 38 tackles, seven loss tackles and one sack in 2021 don’t reflect how athletic and flashy he looks on film, so a performance boost in the stats department would be promising. Overall, Texas Tech has a very good outlook with good sizing/length and proven sports markers that offer high potential in the long run.