Beginning this past December, when he received his first scholarship offer, Sherando (Stephens City, VA) sophomore linebacker Dylan Rivers has enjoyed steady success on the recruiting trail.
“Arizona offered me in December,” Rivers recalled. “[Sherando head coach Bill] Hall knew they were going to offer me. I wasn’t surprised, but my friends were all texting me. One of our coaches has a son who is a GA there. He showed them my tape and they liked me.”
Since the Wildcats came through, NC State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have offered as well.
“His stock keeps rising as fast as I can send out his film,” Hall said of Rivers. “As soon as I send [Rivers’ tape] out, most coaches are quick to get back. The question now is what Dylan and his family want out of the recruiting process. They have offers from all five power conferences except for the SEC, and a few SEC schools say they will get back soon. He has offers from local teams.”
What makes Rivers such an attractive prospect to major FBS college coaches?
“He does a good job in space. He’s an aggressive downhill player. The physicality he has demonstrated since his freshman year is impressive, and he is still growing. At Virginia Tech last weekend he weighed in at 220 pounds. Earlier this year, he weighed in at 216 at UVa and he weighed in at Penn State at 214. The man keeps growing. If he keeps growing height-wise we could be talking about another position in a couple years, but right now he is physical and he does a good job in space,” Hall said.
“He is 6’3”, 220 pounds, and we play him at our Sam linebacker position. He can get out of the box and restrict half of the field for us.”
The 6’3” Rivers has played on the varsity level each of his first two years, a rarity in a traditionally strong Sherando program. On offense he’ll see action at a variety of positions, including tight end, running back and Wildcat quarterback. All college coaches see him as a defensive player, though.
“Dylan’s a great kid,” Hall said. “The nice thing is that the recognition has fueled his fire all the more to realize his potential. That is not the case with all kids. He works out twice a week before school on speed and agility and fitness stuff. He does that twice a week, in addition...
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