Jeffersonville standout Dayna Overton, an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid, announced his commitment to the University of Louisville as a preferred walk-on at the team’s open bowl practice Sunday afternoon.
Louisville got its first glimpse of the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder at its two-day summer camp earlier this year. After a strong showing at the team’s “Light Up The Ville” camp and several ensuing visits, Overton finally got the shot he’s been waiting for.
“I just wanted a chance from Louisville, my dream school,” Overton said. “Being local and all, since I’m a huge fan, I just wanted that one chance. It might not be the chance that every kid dreams of — getting a scholarship offer — but they told me, ‘We still want you on the team. You have a spot on our roster, and we see you being able to earn a scholarship in the coming season.’ So I was like, you know what? That’s enough of a chance.”
The Jeffersonville product said he wasted no time catching the coaching staff’s attention. Coach Bobby Petrino sought out Overton’s mother on the first day of camp.
“I was just standing there, and I look over to see coach Petrino talking to my mom,” Overton said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that has to be a big deal.’ They were constantly talking to me that first day of camp. … coach (Chris) Klenakis, the offensive line coach, he told me I was giving his guys hell.”
By the time “Light Up The Ville” rolled around, Petrino had the versatile Overton – who played exclusively at outside linebacker during camp – lining up at defensive end. He said the coaching staff eased him into the decision to commit as a preferred walk-on Sunday at the team’s open bowl practice.
“(The coaches) have been so supportive of me and that decision in telling me to be a preferred walk-on. … I’ve been to several Louisville games,” Overton said, “and every time I was there, they were so welcoming. It was like a family atmosphere. … I didn’t feel like a regular walk-on.”
Overton turned in 66 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, two blocked field goals, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a member of the Red Devils’ offensive and defensive lines this past season. He was in attendance for the Cardinals’ matchups against Charlotte, Florida State, Wake Forest and Kentucky.
Excited to continue my football career at the University of Louisville ! 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/ZlcqijTT1t— Dayna K. Kinnaird (@DaynaKinnaird) December 11, 2016