Ball State Class of '09: Connor Ryan will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the 20th of those 22 installments.

Connor Ryan, 6-1 180 WR, Cleveland (St. Ignatius)

What he brings: Connor is a good sized WR who already has some nice polish to him. He comes from a great program and a great football family with a brother already at Notre Dame. Connor has great hands and makes the tough catch look easy. He was a deep threat in high school, but will probably be better served as a short to intermediate receiver who can find the holes in a zone and make plays underneath. Connor has good body control and adjusts well to the poorly thrown ball. Not a burner, but Connor has adequate speed for this position.

Areas of improvement: Connor will have to develop into his role as a more of a possession-type receiver than he was in high school, but Connor certainly has the hands to do this effectively. He will also have to adjust to the size and speed of college defensive backs, which will surely take a little time. grade: Connor isn't the fastest WR in the world, but he does have good route skills and comes in after being a very productive prep. Look for Connor to fill in when needed behind a veteran group of WR at Ball State and eventually mold into the mid-range possession WR the Cardinals' offense needs in order to excel.

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