Duke Targets Prep School Standout

Dillon Romain continues to watch his stock grow in recruiting and is now in touch with over two dozen programs going into the spring evaluation period. He recently took a visit to State College and has many more planned over the next several weeks. He sat down and spoke with us about his most recent activity.

Don Bosco Prep running back Dillon Romain recently spent some time at Penn State for junior day events and the 5-foot-11, 210-pound athlete seems to have been blown away by what the Nits had to show him. Several other programs are showing him interest right now and he gave us the up to date scoop on his recruiting this week.

"I loved it at Penn State," Romain stated. "I met all of the coaches and spent a large part of the day with Coach (Dick) Anderson who is a human encyclopedia of Penn State Football. I had the extreme privilege to meet a true football legend in Head Coach Joe Paterno as well. I loved the tradition of the school, but I was most impressed by the close bond between the players and the coaching staff. The team eats breakfast together, lives together and studies together. It's a close knit family and everyone watches out for everyone else. Coach Paterno will not let any player slip through the cracks and his number one priority is that each player leaves Penn State with a degree. My father and I were very impressed with that."

"The campus and the facilities are huge, but close enough together that you don't need a car there," Romain added. "This was not like other junior days when they invite 100-plus players, I think there were only about 21 people there. You were not just a number, all the coaches knew you and knew everything about you and your school. I was there with only one other running back which was Tavon Austin from Dunbar in Baltimore, Md. We had a great time with Tavon, his dad and his uncle, who actually played for the University of Maryland. It was really cool sitting in the Penn State film room with their running backs coach Galen Hall who explained the basic offensive scheme for the year. Coach Hall had a very impressive resume and the best part of my day was being in that room doing Xs and Os."

"After that we walked around campus with Coach (Mike) McQueary and he explained that academics come first at Penn State and if you go there you'll find a regimented lifestyle as a student-athlete," Romain explained. "Overall I had a great time there obviously."

The Ramsey, N.J., native went on to talk about the rest of his recruiting picture.

"I missed junior day at Northwestern because my family couldn't make it, but I am going to visit there and watch a spring football practice the week of April 1st," Romain stated. "I am looking forward to meeting Coach Johns and Coach Cushing."

"I will also be going up to Boston College soon with my teammate Jack Templeton for spring practice. That will be like Don Bosco alumni day as Brian Toal, Ryan Lindsey and Alexander DiSanzo are all up there. I am also looking forward to meeting all of the coaches again."

Romain has recently given up lacrosse to crack down on his studies and train year round for football.

"Coach Toal and Coach Campanile are trying to set up my summer schedule for camps right now," Romain added. "I will probably go to Northwestern, Boston College, Virginia and Penn State for now. I usually receiver 25 letters a week from various schools like Northwestern, Penn State, Virginia, Boston College, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Western Michigan, Duke, Rutgers, Missouri, Connecticut, Temple, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Penn and Army."

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