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.