November 4, 2012

DE Roney enjoys visit to State

One of the players that Michigan State is taking a serious look at for the class of 2014 is Dylan Roney of Detroit Catholic Central High School. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound prospect was back in East Lansing for another visit and spoke with him about his recruitment.

Roney is enjoying a strong junior season for the Catholic Central. The Shamrocks are 7-4 right now with 2 loses coming from Ohio powerhouse programs. This past weekend Roney's play was key in helping to slow down the high-powered Walled Lake Northern offense in a 45-17 victory. Next weekend Catholic Central will play a Plymouth team that has disposed of arch-rival Canton and previously undefeated Livonia Churchill.

The Spartans see Roney as a high-motor type of defensive end in the mold of current starter Marcus Rush. We asked Roney about his time on campus this past weekend and what his thoughts are on the Spartans.

"The visit was sweet it was a real intense game that made it fun," Roney said. "I love the campus and I have lots of friends at State. It is a great football program. The people who play or have played at State love it there. It'd be sweet to go there one day."

The Spartans have not offered Roney a scholarship yet, but that could happen in the coming months. The staff will certainly be looking forward to seeing his junior highlight film. We spoke with him about the schools that are showing him the most interest in addition to the Spartans as well as the possibility of getting a scholarship.

"The other schools I've heard from are Michigan, Missouri, Pitt, Toledo, Nebraska and Wisconsin," Roney said. "I'm just doing my best this season; I'll worry about that stuff after the season probably."

The Spartans staff has been keeping in contact with Roney as much as they are allowed due to NCAA regulations. He talked with us about his interaction with the Spartan staff on Saturday as well as what he is looking for in a college.

I was able to talk with Coach Salem and Coach Gill," he said. "I want to feel comfortable at the school and I want to be on a team that's all great friends and like a family.

Roney went on to inform that he is thinking about studying either athletic training or criminal justice in colleges. The fact that the Spartans have strong programs in each field certainly cannot hurt their chances with Roney. Take:

The more research and film evaluation we do on Roney the more we like him. The Marcus Rush comparison is appropriate when you watch his high school film. One of the benefits of evaluating Roney on film is the fact that you get to see him play against quality opponents. Whether it is Brother Rice, Orchard Lake Saint Mary's, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller or Toledo Whitmer, the level of competition is as good as you will see in the Midwest.

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