Building Game and Body

While his offer list may not be building, Detroit Catholic Central junior defensive end Dylan Roney has used this past summer to build up his strength, physicality and knowledge over a busy camp schedule.

MADISON - Detroit Catholic Central High School is one of the biggest powerhouses in the state of Michigan. They have not only produced multiple state championships, but a ton of great football players. The Shamrocks last year gave the University of Michigan one of their best in offensive lineman Matt Godin, but they have another rising great in junior Dylan Roney.

The 6-2, 235-pound defensive end has made this summer one that counted with getting bigger and faster, but also making it out to many camps.

"My summer has been going real well," Roney told Badger Nation. "I went to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, as well Michigan State and Toledo camp. I did pretty well at all of them. I learned a better stance and some technique. They were also very motivational."

Many people haven't seen his game yet, so who else could give a better scouting report on Roney then himself. Just like a scout, Roney sees and understands the strengths and the weaknesses in his game. He also already compares his game to a pair of very good players in the college and pro level, too.

"I bring speed and moves to get around defenders," he said. "I run a 4.69 forty time, but I still want to work on my speed more and leverage the most. I'm also working on blocking for tight end. I would compare myself to (Michigan State linebacker) Marcus Rush and (Green Bay Packers linebacker) Ricky Elmore."

Has his game and camp performances paid enough dividends to getting any BCS offers yet?

"I don't have any offers, (but) Michigan State and Toledo are showing the most interest with Wisconsin as well," Roney said. "I am also getting interest from Nebraska, Iowa, UCLA, North Carolina, Michigan, Central Michigan and Western Michigan."

With the success Wisconsin has had over the recent years and appearing in BCS bowls games, it showed Roney that Wisconsin is a program continuing to take steps forward. With first-year tight end coach Eddie Faulkner starting to develop connections in Indiana and Michigan, Roney is one player that the Badgers have started inquiring about.

"I haven't talked to them that much, but they have been sending me lots of letters," said Roney. "I just like them because they are one of the best in the Big Ten."

One team that is lurking in the dark right now for Roney is the hometown team of Michigan.

"Michigan was always my favorite team," Roney said. "I really like their tradition and their team with former Wolverines of Mike Hart, Mario Manningham and Chad Henne was also one of my favorite teams ever."

Many would think that Roney might be close minded on what he wants to do if the Wolverines eventually offer, but he is staying wide open, even if he does get that dream offer. All though his visit plans are not crystal clear yet, his goals for his next season are.

"I don't know how much (a Michigan offer) would change my recruitment," Roney said "It would be very exciting, though. I want to go a Michigan State game, but that's it right now. I'm just real focused on my upcoming season. I want to go fourteen and zero, and shut every team out."

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