UA Offers Linebacker

Every recruiting season, there seems to be at least one prospect who raises his stock during his senior season. Last year, defensive end Todd Bates set the standard for late-bloomers with his final season on the prep level. Bates has been a steady performer as a true freshman for the Crimson Tide. This year, the linebacker corps could receive a boost as a talented senior prospect now has his first Southeastern Conference offer in hand.

Demeco Ryans, a 6-foot-1.5, 210-pounder from Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Alabama, just recently received a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide. Ryans' offer list has also been lengthened by the addition of several offers from other programs as well.

"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.

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