Hard work pays off for Conwell

Dakota Conwell

For several months Dakota Conwell has watched while other have collected offers and he wasn't, despite being one of the top athletes in the WPIAL. That all changed this week.

Upper Saint clair (Pa.) outside linebacker Dakota Conwell sat for months without a scholarship offer, but that has changed as he has picked up three in as many days. Toledo, Pittsburgh and Temple have all stepped up with offers.

The Toledo Rockets were the first team to offer the talented athlete.

"Toledo came by the school to see me work out and they offered," Conwell said. "They liked that I was athletic, they liked my size and the way I cover. They said they had to get approval from the Head Coach (Tim Beckman). He did, so they offered.

"It is such a big relief to get that first offer," continued Conwell. "It was a little frustrating a lot of schools came by and said they were impressed, but they weren't offering me yet. I was very excited when Toledo offered."

Pittsburgh came in on Tuesday and they also offered.

"Pitt offered me today,' Conwell said on Tuesday. "Coach (Keith) Patterson and Tony Gibson came by and saw me work out. They told me coach (Jim Render) that they were offering.

"I was very excited to get the offer from Pitt," Conwell explained. "My mom graduated from Pitt and we have season tickets for basketball there. She was very excited and it is such a relief to get a big offer. They are one of my top schools. I have always watched Pitt football and it is the home town school. I was hoping they would offer me."

On Wednesday, The Temple Owls became the third team to offer.

"Temple offered me today," he said. "They want to keep the ball in my hands and they offered me as a quarterback. Coach (Scott) Loeffler called me and said they want me at Temple and Coach Steve Addazio is real excited that I am coming to visit."

The opportunity to potentially play quarterback is very enticing to Conwell.

"It definitely makes it more interesting," Conwell stated. "It is nice to have the option of playing the position that I want to play."

West Virginia has been another school that has been showing Conwell a lot of attention.

"West Virginia has been by the school twice," Conwell said. "They just want to see me at camp to see me more in person. Everyone wants me to come to camp and tour the facilities and get to know the coaches a little better."

Despite the wait for offers, Conwell is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'll wait to see who all offers and do the camp circuit," stated Conwell. "I would like to decide before the season, but if I'm not ready I will take more time."

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