VT Makes Dakota Royer’s First Cut

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Under Armour All-American Dakota Royer boasted over 20 Division 1A scholarship offers before whittling down his list of schools to 10. Virginia Tech is one of the 10 finalists for the 6-2 1/2, 215-pound rising senior defensive end/linebacker, who has totaled 22 sacks over the past two seasons at Manheim Central High School (Manheim, PA).

Asked which schools made his initial cut, Royer answered, “Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, Penn State, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Oregon, West Virginia, Pitt and UNC.

“Now I plan on taking a few more visits this summer and then cut it down to five before the season.”

Royer has visited most of the schools in his top 10, but Virginia Tech is one of the exceptions. He plans to visit Tech, North Carolina and UCLA this summer before cutting the list of suitors to five. He’ll make all five official visits and plans to do so this fall.

At this point, Royer, who favored Penn State earlier in the process, did not disclose whether there are any schools certain to make the final five.

“Not yet,” Royer answered. “Once I take a few more visits, I’ll narrow it down right away.”

Royer’s first ever visit to Virginia Tech likely will come in July. For now, he discussed why the Hokies made the cut.

“Coach Beamer is a great head coach,” he said. “There is a lot of experience in the coaching staff. I’m told it is a crazy place to play, which would be really fun. My former teammate [Tech rising sophomore place-kicker] Justin Myer has told me a lot about it. It is a school I want to check out.”

Of the Tech coaches, Royer speaks most often with the person who would coach him if he were to sign with the Hokies.

“I talk to Coach Wiles,” Royer said. “He is a great defensive line coach. He said their defensive ends are all about speed. If you can’t run you can’t play there. It’s all about speed and getting around the field.”

A defensive end and wide receiver last season as a junior, Royer is being pursued by most schools as a linebacker…at least until he adds enough weight to play defensive end. Virginia Tech, though, is recruiting him to play defensive end.

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