Cats to schedule Illinois DT/DL
Illinois D-Lineman Getting Noticed
by Sean Kelly
Although many consider Ryan to strongly consider staying in the Big 10- he said he has a list of schools that he is considering when he spoke with Scout's Allen Wallace.
"I've already seen 15-20 schools (unofficially). Schools that I might also want to see for my final official visit are Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon and Michigan State. "My childhood fave was Notre Dame but I didn't really like the school as much as I thought I would when I went there, so I'm not considering them."
Kansas State is a school that Ryan is currently looking at outside of the Big 10 and Linebackers coach Chris Cosh is recruiting Ryan for the Cats.
"I like Kansas State and I have an interest in them. I talk to Coach Cosh a lot and I was not home last week when he called but I get mail from him a lot. I am looking at couple of schools that I am trying to schedule right now and some that I am choosing from are Kansas State, UCLA and Nebraska."
As for an official visit, this DT/DE says that the Wildcat Staff and Coach Cosh have tried to set up an official for him but that other sports have hindered setting a date.
"Yea Coach Cosh has tried to set up a visit for me but I have wrestling and I have not really been able to set that visit up yet….I really do not know right now when they would like me to come in."
As for College Football, Ryan says he really does not watch much football or follow some of the schools recruiting him.
"You know I do not know a lot about some of the schools and I do not watch college football. I play on Friday's and I don't have a lot of time on the weekends….Coach Cosh has filled me in on how the team (K-State) is doing and their record. I like what he has told me about the team and where they are going and what they are doing."
The Wildcat staff is recruiting Ryan as a Defensive lineman.
"They want me as a Defensive Lineman. I measured in at Purdue last weekend on my official there and came in at 6-2 and 268 (pounds) and I always run in the mid 4.7's in the forty. I know they play an aggressive style at Kansas State and what you run in High School is not the same as at college but I usually run a consistent 4.7 (forty)."
As for what position he prefers to play in college?
"You know I have not played either position so I am really just happy to have an opportunity to play. I weigh 268 so I do not know that many D-ends that come in much heavier then that. I mean I am in the middle of football season and putting weight on and I am not trying to gain weight. I am playing football and working out so at 268, I don't know. I am still growing, so I can see myself around 280-285 which would probably put me inside on the line. "
As for playing time and distance, this star DL says it does not matter.
"I am just looking for the right opportunity. Playing time and where is not really a big thing."
As for Kansas State and his interest level in the Cats?
"I know Coach Cosh wants to me to come in for a visit and I missed his call last week so I am not sure. I am interested in Kansas State."
As for playing style?
"I am quick and I try and work on my technique. Some schools recruiting me think I can play Linebacker, but at my weight I think I'll be DL-."
Another Star player, Ryan was recently selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio which Scout.com is the exclusive partner. We will have exclusive interviews with Ryan from San Antonio and it goes without saying we will be checking in with Ryan throughout the season to keep everyone updated on all details of his recruitment.
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