Thursday, December 7, 2014 will be a day Dylan Tonkery will never forget.
That is the date West Virginia officially offered a scholarship to play football for the class of 2016. In the same day his recruitment began, it ended, as the rising-junior committed to West Virginia.
“It’s just an awesome feeling,” Tonkery said. “West Virginia has been the main school for our family for a long time. We’ve all supported them and my older brother [Wes] is finishing up there. It’s just a great feeling.”
“Our head coach Josh (Nicewarner) came into school and talked to me in person about the offer,” Tonkery continued. “I couldn’t believe it when he told me. It’s just such an amazing feeling. It’s all I’ve thought about all day just how lucky I am.”
The contact between Tonkery and the Mountaineers had been minimal. Despite brief interaction along the way, no indication was given an offer was on the horizon, making the moment more special.
“They [WVU] had never really sent me letter or been in much contact at all, Tonkery said. “I never knew anything about it. It’s just a special moment altogether.”
This past season for Bridgeport High Tonkery rushed for more than 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 62 yards and another score. And though he’s unsure of his future role at West Virginia, he’ll play anywhere to help contribute.
“It doesn’t make a difference to me where I play,” Tonkery said. “I’m happy to help anyway I can.”