Sherando’s Rivers taking time with recruiting process

Sherando's Dylan Rivers walks off the field for a water break during a recent practice. Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Dylan Rivers has the college football world in his hands.

The Sherando junior has already received 13 Division 1 scholarship football offers, but he knows he doesn’t have to make a decision anytime soon on where he will play in college. Players from the class of 2017 can’t sign until February of their senior year.

Sherando head coach Bill Hall said that Rivers is “holding jokers right now” and he’s talked to Rivers about just enjoying the recruiting process.

“Sometimes I think it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of it. There’s pressure on him to commit all the time,” Hall said. “Everybody’s offering their best sales pitch all the time. …There’s no pressure on him. If so and so wants you to commit or they’re pulling their offer, well the next 50 will be in there saying ‘please.’

“…It’s early, we got time. If he wants to commit next spring sometime that’s fine, but again it has to be right for him. We just don’t want it to be a pressure decision.”

Rivers, a 6-foot-3 225-pound tight end/linebacker, has received offers from Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia,  among others.

He said he’s been very surprised by the amount of offers he’s received before his junior season.

“I was never expecting it my sophomore year, but I was just blessed,” Rivers said.

Rivers said he’s just happy to be healthy again. He missed part of last season with an ankle injury. Rivers finished the season with 175 yards rushing on 29 carries and 21 catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he had 31 tackles, four sacks and one interception.

Hall said that Rivers has continued to have a strong work ethic, including texting Hall after the team’s first scrimmage to find out what he needed to work on. Hall said Rivers learned a lot from former Sherando standout George Aston, who is attending and plays at the University of Pittsburgh.

“George played at a level where either you had to compete or you were going to get hurt. …So we’re getting Dylan to do that,” Hall said. “There’s a fine line. You don’t want to hurt people, but yet you want to play at a level and a speed that makes you get better every day, and as a result pulls all the rest of them up with you. So that’s what he’s working on right now, is to find that.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com