For Exeter Township (Reading, PA) offensive tackle Dylan Niedrowski, searching for a college home was a process. Not only looking for a place where he could take his athletic talents, he’s a player and more importantly, a person, who is a well-rounded individual who was looking for the same in the school he ultimately decided to be a part of for the next four-to-five years of his life.
“My criteria for selecting a school has always been one that would offer a competitive football program as well as high academics,” he said. “UConn checks off both criteria. The coaches, game day atmosphere, campus, facilities and academic rigor sealed the deal.”
On his official visit this past weekend, Niedrowski was able to experience the campus up close.
“It was truly amazing,” he said. “I really enjoyed getting to know my coaches better and my teammates. Getting to spend the weekend on campus was incredible and I can’t wait to get back up there and get started.”
When it comes to UConn head coach Randy Edsall, he showed a level of trust in the plan for the future.
“I feel very confident with the plans that Coach Edsall has for the program,” Niedrowski said. “We are rebuilding and I am excited to be a part of it. He is honest, competitive, has integrity and prioritizes academics. He is a strong leader and I look forward to being coached by him. The other coaches are outstanding. Everyone is down to earth and easy to talk to. Each one brings value and experience to the table which will make this program successful.”
With early signing day quickly approaching, Niedrowski will take advantage of the opportunity to sign earlier than has been allowed in years past. With just over a week until he puts pen to paper, he stressed multiple reasons why he is doing so.
“I feel confident that UConn is the right place for me academically and athletically,” he reinforced. “Another plus is that I can get their workout program on December 21st, which will give me more time to prepare myself.”
At 6’5″ 282-pounds, Niedrowski has the frame to fill into a dominant force across the line, but believes he needs to increase his weight and work hard in the weight room if he expects to go up against defensive linemen at the college level. One thing about him is apparent, he is certainly humble, especially when it comes to his skillset.
“I am not good at talking about myself, but my coaches will say that I am athletic for my size, am good at blocking down field and continue to work hard to become an even better football player,” he said.
He credits his coaches for helping develop him as a player, grateful for the guidance he has received from them, but there’s one group that stands out to him for getting him where he is today.
“My family has been my biggest support,” he said. “They always believe in my abilities and are there cheering me on.”
The game of football teaches players values beyond the field and for Niedrowski, he is no exception.
“Football has taught me how to contribute to a team and how to push myself as an individual,” he said. “The bonds I formed with my teammates are like no other. I consider them my brothers. The game has opened doors and opportunities for which I am very grateful. To play at the college level is what I always hoped for. I am excited to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
On December 20th, he will be one step closer to making that hope, a reality.
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