Player Spotlight: Ryan Switzer
"At camps I'd go one-on-one against some of the 2012 recruits who were there, and I was able to hold my own with those guys," said Ryan Switzer. "Schools like Florida State and Penn State had a chance to see me play in person. It's where I really made my mark."
Switzer came away from camps with offers from Penn State, FSU, Wake Forest, Marshall, and Ohio. He has received additional offers from Purdue and N.C. State. He's enjoying visiting college campuses this fall having gone almost every weekend to a game.
"The first week I went to see Marshall play West Virginia," said Switzer. "I was at Penn State when they played Alabama. Last weekend I went to see Kentucky and Louisville. This weekend I'm going back to Morgantown to see West Virginia and LSU."
Also on Switzer's itinerary are trips to Purdue when they face Notre Dame and to Wake Forest when the play FSU. That's five games in five weeks plus games on Friday night. Switzer is also an honor roll student at Washington.
"Education comes first for me," said Switzer. "That's going to be the number one factor when I make my college decision. I don't need to come into a place and be a star as a freshman, but I'd like to be able to contribute in some way like special teams coverage.
"My relationship with the coaches is important too. I'd like to play for a coach I think is going to be there for my four years. I want to be a part of a winning program with a tradition of playing in big bowls."
Wake Forest is a school who has been heavily recruiting Switzer with their own West Virginia connection, wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway.
"When Coach Galloway was at West Virginia I developed a relationship with him at 7-on-7 camps," said Switzer. "Our relationship has kind of carried over to Wake Forest.
"North Carolina is a place I feel very comfortable at. Most of my dad's family lives there as well as my mom's dad. When I was at camp I stayed and talked about an hour and a half afterwards with the coaching staff. They're all nice people."
Schools are recruiting Switzer, 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, as an athlete. Most project him at slot receiver. This year the Patriots, trying to replace a departed 2,000 yard running back, put Switzer in the backfield. He's rushed for 900 yards in four games with 14 touchdowns. He's also produced two interceptions in the secondary.
"Going to all the camps last summer and competing against so many great athletes has made me a better all-around player," said Switzer. "I'm playing with more speed, strength, and confidence. My goal is to be voted the Kennedy Award winner, given to the best player in the state, but the ultimate goal is to be a state champion."
The Patriots were 10-0 last season and ranked No. 1 in WV Class AAA. They would lose to Brooke in the quarterfinals. Switzer was named 1st team All-State and 1st team MSAC.
Switzer already has one state championship to his credit. He was the point guard on the Patriot basketball team last year that won the school's first state title in 40 years. He also finished 3rd in the state in the 100 meter dash with a 10.9. His best 40-yard dash time was at Marshall, a 4.33.
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