"Alabama just offered me," said Ryans. "I already had an offer from South Florida. I also just got offers from Louisville, Troy State, and UAB. Auburn, Georgia, and Middle Tennessee State are calling but they haven't offered yet."
Ryans has been a tackling machine as senior with 134 tackles in only nine games. Additionally, he has contributed five sacks, two fumbles caused, and one interception. Ryans was invited to the Alabama/Louisiana State game as an unofficial visitor and the Crimson Tide made a move on his list.
"I had a good time on my unofficial visit last weekend," said Ryans. "I'm leaning toward Alabama right now. I like everything at Alabama and it's close to home. I'm thinking about going back down there this weekend for the Mississippi State game."
Ryans is also getting it done in the classroom with a 3.8 grade point average and a score of 20 on the ACT. He plans to major in electrical engineering.
The 6-A Purple Tigers have one of the best defenses in the state of Alabama and Ryans is one of the main reasons why. A long stay in the state play-offs will only increase Ryans' visibility among recruiting buffs. Still, as Bates is proving this season, you don't have to have a big name to make an impact.