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Sherando’s Rivers flips commitment, gives verbal pledge to Virginia Tech

Dylan Rivers

Sherando High School senior Dylan Rivers has opted to change course in his college football future.

Rivers, a standout linebacker for the Warriors, announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that he has withdrawn his verbal commitment to Penn State and will instead remain in state to continue his playing career at Virginia Tech.

“After much thought and prayer it is in mine and my family’s best interest to decommit from Penn State University,” a message posted on Rivers’ Twitter account stated. “Thank you to (Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry and head coach James Franklin) for giving me the opportunity to play and graduate from such a prestigious university. I wish the coaches and the team nothing but the best in the future years. I will now announce my commitment to Virginia Tech!”

Rivers, rated a four-star prospect by both 247 Sports Composite and Rivals, had been committed to Penn State since Nov. 21, 2015, about a week before Virginia Tech announced Justin Fuente as the Hokies’ new head coach.

According to 247 Sports, Rivers, who was recruited by longtime Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster, made an official visit to Virginia Tech on Dec. 9. Rivers also made an official visit to Penn State this past weekend.

Rivers is listed as the No. 253 prospect in the country by 247 Sports, which also ranks the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker as the nation’s No. 15 outside linebacker and the No. 8 recruit in Virginia. Rivals lists Rivers as the No. 13 prospect in the state and the No. 13 inside linebacker in the country.

A two-way starter for Sherando, Rivers, who switched to inside linebacker in 2016 after spending his first three varsity seasons at outside linebacker, led the area with 102 total tackles (13 for loss) this past season. He also caught 21 passes for 346 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end and rushed 22 times for 211 yards and eight scores for the Warriors.

Rivers was the Conference 21 West Defensive Player of the Year, a first-team all Region 4A West selection at linebacker and tight end and a second-team Virginia High School League Group 4A all-state pick at both positions this past season. He was twice voted The Northern Virginia Daily’s Football Defensive Player of the Year, in 2015 and 2016.

College football’s National Signing Day is Feb. 1. Rivers would be the second Sherando student-athlete to sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech during the current school year, joining classmate John Borst, who signed to wrestle for the Hokies in November.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com