Senior valued for academic prowess, physical attributes

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FORTVILLE – A sought-after football recruit, Dan Werner hasn’t decided where he’ll take his skills when he graduates from Mt. Vernon next year.

The incoming senior can already say, however, that football has exposed him to some of the country’s most hallowed institutions.

Werner and his family are spending this week on the East Coast taking recruiting visits to Yale, Harvard and Princeton. The tight end/H-back with a 3.8 grade point average has already been accepted to all three schools.

Getting to know the various universities and personnel has been rewarding for Werner.

“Definitely visiting the campuses and meeting the players and coaches from the schools,” he said of his favorite part of the recruiting process. “It’s extremely important for me to have a good relationship with the people I’m going to be spending most of my time around.”

The Ivy League, which does not offer scholarships for athletics, is not necessarily Werner’s football landing spot, though.

Werner’s parents, Greg Werner (a former football All-American at DePauw and tight end with the Philadelphia Eagles), and Nancy Werner, are in New England with Dan this week.

“He’s gotten some encouraging news out here, so if he wants to go to these schools, that’s an option as well,” Greg said while boarding a flight from New Haven, Connecticut, to Philadelphia. “We’re just covering all of our bases right now.

“Dan is a good student, and he has the numbers – the SAT scores and the grade point average.”

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