Top Junior LB Dylan Rivers Talks Recruiting

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Sherando (Stephens City, VA) linebacker/tight end Dylan Rivers released highlights from the first six games of his junior season. It’s easy to see why the 6’2”, 215-pound prospect is considered one of the top juniors in the state.

Rivers has received scholarship offers from 13 schools: Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. All of the schools that have offered envision the talented prospect playing Mike or Will, with Penn State mentioning SAM linebacker as a possibility as well. Tennessee, which has not yet offered, likes Rivers as a tight end.

There is still time for others to enter the race, as Rivers plans to make all five official visits before making his college commitment. While it is still early in the Sherando star’s recruitment, there are three schools he knows he wants to visit officially.

“I know for sure I want to take official visits to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Penn State. Those three are recruiting me the hardest. Other than that, I still have some decisions to make,” Rivers said. “I think I will take all five official visits and commit after that so I can get full experiences and make the best decision.”

In terms of unofficial visits this fall, Rivers has traveled to Virginia Tech twice and Penn State once for games.

“I went to the Virginia Tech/Pitt game. It was cold and I was a little late, so I didn’t talk to any of the coaches. I watched [former Sherando and now current Pittsburgh Panther fullback George Aston] and the Virginia Tech defense,” Rivers recalled.

“At Virginia Tech/Ohio State, the atmosphere was insane. For the Pitt game, it was still crazy even though it was raining. I went to Penn State for the San Diego State game. It had a ton of fans, so it was really loud. You couldn’t hear the person next to you.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Bud Foster, is hot on the trail of the Sherando linebacker.

“I usually talk to Coach Foster. When I do, I always talk to him about where I would play. He asks me if I could come down to camps and talk with him more in-depth,”