Ryan Donahue moves up the Charts

Kicker/Punter Ryan Donahue is turning some head lately, read here for more on this Illinois player.

Chicago kicker/punter Ryan Donahue will be given a four-star ranking by Scout.com when the rankings hit later this month. Every single coach that came through the Windy City during May raved about Donahue and would like a crack at landing his signature on signing day. A couple of schools have offered early scholarships.

Kickers, even the very good ones, almost always have to wait until late in the recruiting season to see offers start to come in. Most schools even would like a kicker to walk on to their program and earn a scholarship. This won't be the case for Ryan Donahue.

"I have scholarship offers from Ball State and Akron," Ryan Donahue said.

"Iowa, Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern, most of the Big Ten schools called me during May. There were a lot of calls that I missed because I just wasn't home.

"My favorites are Notre Dame, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois, Tennessee and the two schools that have offered me a scholarship, Ball State and Akron."

Donahue has an extremely strong leg. He connected on a 55-yard field goal as a junior and he's excited about his senior season because of a promise that was made to him by his coach.

"My coach told me he's going to let me go after the (Illinois) state record next year," Donahue said.

"The record is 59-yards and its held by Nick Setta, one of the best kickers in the history of the state. I'm hoping for a couple of shots at that record."

Setta, a former All-American from Lockport High School went on to kick at Notre Dame and is currently on the Chicago Bears roster competing for the kicking job.

Donahue says he plans on attending several kicking camps this summer. As a junior, he was 4-for-6 in field goals with a long of 55-yards. He had a 40.8 yards per punt average with a hang-time of 4.2 seconds.

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