As you read this, you ask yourself, “Who the hell is this?” And that’s understandable.
Few years ago, 247 Sports made a 30 under 30 list for some of college football’s rising stars in the coaching ranks. One of them came out and it was Dustin Royston’s.
Royston has an interesting profile. He’s a former UGA player under Mark Richt who spent time as an off-field assistant for Alabama before eventually moving to a defensive line coach position at Middle Tennesse State.
Prior to becoming a graduate assistant at MTSU, Royston was GA in an off-court role in Alabama. At the time, names like Dan Lanning, Glenn Schumann, Brian Niedermeyer, and Doug Belk were all there. He also had access to the knowledge of assistants of the time like Jeremy Pruitt, Mario Cristobal and Tosh Lupoi.
These are pretty important names. While at MTSU he coached a few All-C-USA honors guys and is now the Programs Recruiting Coordinator for areas like Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These are all places Brent Venables adores to recruit his linemen in the trenches (just look at his defensive line offerings since becoming a head coach).
It’s not sexy and it may not move the needle for the most part, but it can be worth it. It would continue the youth movement while bringing in someone with a great understanding of the job and football in general.