West Virginia football got back into the swing of a semi-normal recruiting season with the first camp of the summer, the Mountaineer Made Camp, back on June 1. Dozens and dozens of potential recruits worked out with the WVU coaching staff on a warm June morning.
One of those recruits was 2023 three-star interior offensive lineman Dylan Senda from Divine Child High School in Dearborn Michigan, who received his WVU offer back in March.
Senda (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) was working out with Reggie Wynns of Rising Stars Scouting when Wynns got a phone call from WVU safeties coach Dontae Wright. Wynns called Senda over, handed him the phone and Wright introduced himself as a coach from WVU. Wright and Senda spoke for a few minutes, with Wright complimenting Senda’s playing style and game film from Divine Child before Wight officially offered him a WVU scholarship.
“I was super blessed to receive this offer and very happy,” Senda told WV Sports Now. “WVU is a great place as well as a big offer. It’s a program I am very interested in pursuing.”
Senda played well at the Mountaineer Made Camp in June and made an unofficial visit to WVU on July 29. It likely won’t be the final visit to Morgantown either.
— Dylan Senda (@dylansenda2023) July 30, 2021
Wright and WVU offensive line coach Matt Moore have been the main points of contact for Senda at WVU, but he’s spoken with WVU head coach Neal Brown a few times as well and built an “amazing” relationship with the coaching staff in Morgantown.
While Senda wasn’t too familiar with WVU right off the bat, he’s learned a lot about the program in building relationships with coaches, enjoying the process so far. And while Senda has always been a lineman, he used to get himself in the zone by watching Tavon Austin highlights before his middle school games.
Those days of watching Austin highlights before middle school games have turned into Senda becoming one of the more sought-after offensive linemen from Michigan — and across the country — in the 2023 cycle.
“The recruiting process has been great so far. Lots of fun,” Senda said. “[I] have met a lot of really nice people. Really enjoyed the opportunity to work out with many different coaches on my summer camp tour. I think it will be hard to make a final decision because there are so many great things about each of the schools. My mom, dad and I will sit down and determine the criteria that are important to me as a student-athlete and see what schools match those criteria the most.”
With offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Iowa, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Miami, Miami (Oh.), Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and WVU, Senda is in high-demand. And his summer tour has been extremely busy.
With two trips to Morgantown already, Senda has competed at the Under Armour All-America Camp series, the Rivals Camp series, worked out with and visited Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State among many others.
Senda said he’s blessed to have received these opportunities, and he’s excited to eventually pick a school, but for now, he just wants to trust the process and enjoy it. After his junior season, he plans to sit down with his parents and make a decision. Senda does plan on making a third trip out to Morgantown this season, wanting to catch a game at Milan Puskar Stadium — along with several other schools.
“West Virginia is one of many schools that I am strongly considering,” Senda said. “I am very interested in pursuing this opportunity.”
Whichever school is fortunate enough to land Senda will be receiving a leader on and off the field, and someone who will strive to positively represent his university every day as a student-athlete.
Senda pointed to his work ethic every day as one of the factors that will drive him to become a great offensive lineman.
“To be successful as an offensive lineman, I will need to have these five characteristics: intelligence, toughness, work ethic, good character, and athletic ability,” Senda said. “I will continue to work hard every day to be better than the day before and try to achieve these characteristics to the fullest.”
According to 247Sports, Senda is the 22nd-ranked interior offensive lineman in the class of 2023, ranking as the eighth-rated recruit from Michigan. Rivals has not yet ranked Senda, but that will change as his junior season begins. Currently, 247Sports projects Senda to land with Michigan State.