RECRUITING 2002: LB Demeco Ryans Commits!

Tide faithful were saddened by linebacker Saleem Rasheed's recent decision to enter the NFL draft. Those faithful might feel better after hearing that Demeco Ryans, a 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker from Bessemer's Jess Lanier High School considered the state‘s top linebacker prospect, committed Sunday to play for the Tide. Contacted at his home Sunday afternoon, Ryans said, "Everything went great during my visit and I committed today."

Ryans, who had previously visited UAB, had scheduled visits to Louisville and Miss. State in the coming weeks, but no longer plans to visit those schools. "I'm going to stop. No more visits," he said.

The softspoken linebacker, who spent most of his time in Tuscaloosa, was impressed with every aspect of his visit. "I liked all the players. Everybody was nice to get along with, and the coaches were all nice. I felt really comfortable." Ryans specifically mentioned his appreciation for the Bryant Museum.

Of the coaches on staff at the Capstone, Ryan spent the most time with coaches Torbush, Eggen and North. They addressed the questions Ryan had about Alabama. "I asked them what I had to do to be able to play, and where they saw me playing. They said I'd probably play outside linebacker." (Ryan played both middle and outside linebacker positions in high school.)

Besides what Crimson Tide athletics had to offer, Ryans was also impressed with the academics at Alabama. "I'm going to major in computer engineering, and they have a good school for that," he said.

Crimson Ticket Extra: Ryans commitment will likely close the book on the linebacker prospects in the Class of 2002.

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