Irish In Good Shape With Royer

In the next week, Dakota Royer says he's going to trim down his list of scholarship offers to about 10 favorites. After his first-ever visit to Notre Dame on Friday, the Irish are definitely going to make the Scout.com top-300 player's first cut.

"It was awesome," Dakota Royer stated. "Everything was great. There was nothing bad about it."

Out of Manheim (Pa.) High, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker has racked up scholarship offers from places like Penn State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Stanford. Notre Dame was always a program that intrigued Royer, and now he finally got a look at the campus.

To start the day, Royer attended a business class, because that's what he wants to major in, with Irish players Steve Paskorz, Trevor Robinson and Sean Cwynar. From there, he met with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"It was really nice," Royer said. "He just talked about how he runs things. He's always checking up on academics and how family is the biggest part of everything. He wants players with character and good people and everything. He pretty much gave me his message of what he does there and how he runs it."

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 showed his athleticism, catching 56 passes for 1,099 yards and seven touchdowns, helping lead his team to an 11-3 record and a spot in the District Championship.

Besides talking with Weis, Royer also got to chat with assistant coach Jon Tenuta about his possible future inside Notre Dame's defense.

"He just went over how they run it, he told me they like to blitz, he's a go-getter coordinator, and I like to hear that because I like to come off the edge and everything," Royer explained.

Royer loved his tour of the Notre Dame campus.

"The campus is beautiful, especially with the day we had. All the trees and lawns, and the architecture inside and outside of the buildings, everything was beautiful."

Royer also met with some of the academic staff and the person in charge of admissions. He ended the trip by watching the team's walk-thru for today's spring game.

"I was never at Notre Dame before, and I'm glad I came out because I got to see what it was like. It was just an awesome day. I'm glad that I got to see what it's like, to see how I compare how I felt here, with other schools I've visited."

Royer said he would've liked to stay for the Irish spring game, but he already had a visited scheduled with Illinois. Besides those two campuses, Royer has visited Penn State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Virginia.

"I don't have a leader right now," Royer said. "My leader will be the day that I choose, that will be my leader. When I feel I can separate one school from the rest, I'll decide right then."

Speaking of that, Royer doesn't think he'll decide until after his senior season.


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