WASHINGTON, D.C. — Committed or not, LSU has not relented pressure on the nation’s No. 22 outside linebacker.
LSU, which has emphasized the linebacker position in its Class of 2017 recruiting efforts, continues to try and sway four-star prospect Dylan Rivers, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder out of Sherando High School (Stephens City, Va.)
Even though Rivers has been committed to Penn State since November 2015, he continues to give his ear to his primary LSU recruiters, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
“They hit me up a lot,” Rivers told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Washington, D.C., on Sunday.
“Even though I’m committed to Penn State, it’s worth hearing what they’re saying, not to be disrespectful to the coaches that have been around for a while.”
Rivers picked up his offer from LSU in February, his first since pledging to the Nittany Lions.
While Rivers is firmly entrenched as a Penn State commit, he conceded that if something were to go awry with that pledge, LSU is a school he’d definitely consider more seriously.
“I’m 100 percent committed right now, but if something did happen, like they dramatically took my scholarship, LSU is somewhere I would definitely look at,” Rivers said. “It’s a big-town school. They have a lot of fans. Death Valley … a lot of great players have come through there.”
The four-star Virginia prospect is high on Penn State for certain reasons that LSU simply cannot offer.
Rivers likes the proximity of Happy Valley to his home and is intrigued to play alongside Jake Cooper.
There is one thing, however, that LSU can match Penn State.
“I’m pretty much walking into a two-deep when I walk in there, and that’ll be nice,” Rivers said of Penn State’s linebacker depth chart. “Walking into the two-deep is nice.”
Linebacker depth is of the utmost concern for LSU as it looks to pad its own depth chart with the 2017 recruiting class.
Rivers had not yet closed the door on the Tigers, but there will definitely be a steep ladder to climb to force a flip any time soon.
“Right now I have my mind set,” Rivers said.