Number Ten Is From ND

Dakota Royer was checking his email, when one message surprised the heck out of him.

It said the sender's name was Charlie Weis, and the subject read phone call.

The mouse cursor couldn't get to the email fast enough to click on it.

"It said for me to give him a call (Friday)," Dakota Royer said. "(Friday) after school, I gave him a call and talked to coach (Ron) Powlus first. Then he put me on the phone with coach Weis, and coach Weis offered me a scholarship."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Royer is now up to 10 scholarship offers. The standout outside linebacker/defensive end from Manheim (Pa.) Central High also holds full-rides from Penn State, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Connecticut and Temple.

Several other programs are showing interest in Royer, and he talked with Weis for a few minutes on Friday.

"He said that from watching my film, he could tell I was a player he wanted, and he said he wanted to get an offer out to me right away, and that we're going to keep in close contact now," Royer explained. "He's real excited about me and he can't wait to get me out to Notre Dame."

This past season, Royer lived in the opposition's backfield, making 32 of his 86 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He also had 13 sacks and four pass deflections from his defensive end spot, and he added four blocked punts. As a slot receiver, Royer had 56 catches for 1,099 yards and seven touchdowns, helping lead his team to an 11-3 record and a spot in the District Championship.

Powlus paid a visit to Royer's school a couple weeks ago, and on Friday, the two chatted for a bit about the offer.

"He's excited, and he said he'd love for me to be a part of the family," Royer said. "He hopes that everything works out."

Royer is now going to try and workout a trip to Notre Dame.

"I'm not sure when I'll visit yet," Royer began. "I'm still setting up those dates and everything. I have to make a lot of trips. My February is all booked. I'm getting ready to head out to Pittsburgh, and I'm making rounds weekend after weekend.

"I want to kind of push back my Notre Dame trip, and take time to prepare for it. I don't want to rush it, because I'm excited about seeing it. I've heard awesome things about it."

In the past, Royer has been to Michigan and Penn State for games. Other than Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, he is looking to make visits to Michigan State, Illinois, Stanford and Rutgers.

With Notre Dame offering, Royer is starting to collect all the scholarships he wanted.

"Oh I mean, look at the tradition they've always had," Royer said. "They have a great coaching staff and they're really good academically. Notre Dame pretty much explains itself. It's just a great school for everything."

Royer plans on making a verbal commitment somewhere before the start of his senior season.


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