Dylan Rivers thought he had an offer from NC State but apparently that had not happened. Fortunately for Rivers he did not have to wait long to get the real thing.
Normally when there is confusion over an offer it’s because a player does not know he has been offered and coaches think they have been clear. This time it was the other way around. Rivers (6-2, 220) had been hearing from NC State for a little while and his coach had told him that the Wolfpack had offered.
Then Rivers went to NC State in February for a visit and Dave Doeren told him that he was offering. There might have been a little bit of a mix up but sometimes these things get lost in translation. Whether the coaches had tipped their hand to Rivers and his coach or not the important thing is he now has an offer from NC State.
“They offered me while I was there. They brought me into the head coach’s office at the end of the visit and he told me he was going to offer me a scholarship. At first I thought I was offered before because my head coach told me Coach Barlow had offered. I guess he’s the defensive backs coach. I thought he had offered me but then when I got there they offered. They had been recruiting me maybe three weeks or a month before I got there.”
That means it has been about a month and a half now. That might seem like a short period of time and it is. For a sophomore in high school it probably seems like a long time because everything is still new to him.
Rivers said Barlow first gave him a follow on Twitter. He told Rivers that he had seen his sophomore season highlights from the link on his Twitter profile. From that point Barlow reached out to the coach at Sherando High School.
“I definitely liked the school because it’s a nice campus. I really liked where they stay in the dorms. I thought that was really nice. The coaches were really nice. The linebackers coach was something different. He was a character now. I really liked it. He’s just a fun person to be around.”
When Rivers visited he only saw one player on campus and he was working out so he did not talk to anybody on the team. The visit went good and he would like to visit again. There will be a lot of time to make that work out.
Several of the coaches talked to Rivers and told him they most liked his physicality and how he attacks the quarterback. Rivers said his stat sheet last year will not blow anyone away but that is because he played in space most of the time and was covering and running things down instead of doing the typical stat sheet stuffing work.
Even though Rivers liked his NC State visit he said he liked a couple of other visits a little more.
“Penn State and Virginia Tech really stood out. So did UVa. Those stood out because of how the coaches acknowledged me and because of how everything was set up. But it’s still early.”