Dwyer Heading To Penn State As Preferred Walk-on
When he attended Penn State’s football camp in June, Rob Dwyer was putting up some impressive numbers. So much so, that his performance quickly grabbed the attention of the coaches.
But the timing wasn’t right. Penn State’s roster was already filled, and Dwyer was intent on playing at Wyoming Seminary as a post-grad.
Now, the timing is right, and Dwyer will be heading to Penn State as a preferred walk-on. The former Valley West star decided to take the post-grad year at Wyoming Seminary to increase his stock in the eyes of college coaches, all with designs on hoping to get a shot at going to Penn State.
“It was a little difficult in making a decision,” Dwyer said. “I am passing up free college to have the opportunity to play at one of the best football schools in the country.”
Dwyer was best known as the quarterback for Valley West, leading the Spartans to the district title and a trip to the state tournament in his senior season. He anticipated playing on the defensive side of the ball in college, so at Wyoming Seminary he played free safety.
“The reason I was at free safety was so college coaches could evaluate me in open space,” Dwyer said. “They wanted to see how I played in space. I did some things in certain blitz packages and certain coverages where I would roll down as an outside linebacker.”
Dwyer passed up a scholarship offer from Lehigh and was also getting interest from schools such as Monmouth, Lafayette and Sacred Heart.
“I went on an official visit to Lehigh and had a great time,” Dwyer said. “It is just a different feeling when I go to Happy Valley. I grew up on Penn State, I was watching Penn State football games since I was 5 years old. My dad went there. It was an opportunity that I don’t feel like I could pass up. I am confident that I can earn a scholarship when I go there. I am not going to slack when I get there. I am going to put my all into it and make the most of it.”
Dwyer said the plan is for him to play linebacker, and if everything falls right, he hopes to be able to enroll in January. He becomes the second recent player from the Wyoming Valley Conference to head to Penn State as a preferred walk-on. Last week, Hanover Area offensive lineman Justin Kopko announced he will be attending Penn State as a preferred walk-on.
“This is 100 percent a dream come true,” Dwyer said. “I have been doubted a lot. I was telling everybody ever since I started playing football that I am going to play at Penn State. The majority of the people told me how hard it is and that is probably is not going to happen.”
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