With 13 scholarship offers in the fold, linebacker Dylan Rivers has become one of the state of Virginia’s most coveted prospects in the class of 2017. Clemson, Duke and North Carolina are the most recent schools to offer the 6’3”, 215-pound prospect, who previously received offers from Arizona, Maryland, NC State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Do any of the three most recent offers stand out to the Sherando (Stephens City, VA) product?
“I was pretty pleased to get the offer from Clemson,” Rivers said.
“[Clemson defensive coordinator Brent] Venables, I really like him. He seems like a strict coach, but I like him.”
Clemson is one of five schools that stand out most to Rivers at this point in his recruitment. It is early, though, as he does not plan to commit anytime soon.
“I don’t have any set favorites, but the schools standing out are Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, Clemson and Duke,” Rivers said. “Those are the ones standing out right now. Pitt has also worked up in there, too. My friend, (former Sherando standout) George (Aston), is a (red-shirt freshman) fullback there now. He really likes it.”
Rivers described the relationships he has developed with coaches from Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech as “outstanding.”
Rivers has visited Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Most recently he traveled to Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s Elite Camp on June 20. The talented linebacker plans to return to Tech on July 25 for a cookout event, one week after making the trek to Penn State for a visit on July 18.
Recalling his June 20 experience at Tech, Rivers said: “The first part of the day was pretty much like a Junior Day. We hung out in the player lounge. I played pool with a former Tech receiver who is now with the Carolina Panthers (Jarrett Boykin). We went in the locker room and they showed us the facilities. Then we ate, did a 15-minute workout, and then we did some competitions where I was working with Coach Foster on coming off the line, shedding blocks, and form. Then we sat down in a room and they showed us what they do with their linebackers.”
Rivers called the June 20 visit “amazing. It was the first time I got to do something like...
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