Word has traveled fast among college coaches over the past couple of months regarding the recruitment of Plantation (Fla.) product Ryan Shazier.
It seems offers are rolling in day after day and week after week for the Scout.com four-star linebacker. Shazier’s latest offer arrived on Wednesday by way of LSU.
“I got offered from LSU on Wednesday,” Shazier informed. “I wasn’t really surprised at the offer because I’ve been in touch with coach Gonzales and coach Chavis. On Wednesday when they offered me, I spoke to them two as well as coach Miles, and they said they thought I would do good if I went to LSU. They said they liked my speed off of the ball and just how I play overall.”
The LSU offer was added to a list that has already reached double-digits and includes the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and many others.
“LSU is a team I will consider,” Shazier admitted. “I think Louisiana is a nice state, and from what I hear, Baton Rouge is a nice area. I also like their defense a lot. I think it’s a nice-flowing defense, and their players are always swarming to the ball. I have never been to LSU, but I plan on visiting over the summer to check out the campus and talk to the coaches in person.”
LSU will not be the only summer stop for Shazier as he also plans on visiting several other universities along the Gulf Coast.
“This summer, I’m going to try to visit LSU, Alabama, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Georgia, and possibly Florida and Florida State again,” Shazier stated. “I’m being recruited primarily as a linebacker and as a rush end for 3rd down situations. I think I do good on stopping the run and in getting to the quarterback because I can get off of blocks by using my speed.”
What position Shazier ends up playing at the next level is not all the Floridian will be looking for during his visits. The country’s 9th-ranked outside linebacker has a list of other components that will factor into his final decision.
“I’m going to be looking at their academic facilities, the student life on campus, and then I’m going to ask the coaches about the graduation rate of the players,” Shazier explained. “I’d also like to get the feel for the coaching staff’s stability and playing time.”
By looking at his resume, it is easy to see why the 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete is being heavily pursued by some of the most prestigious college football programs in the country. Last season, Shazier racked up 87 tackles (28 TFL), 19 sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered two more, and blocked a kick, earning him Class 6A Second Team All-State honors as well as First Team All-Broward County honors.
“It feels good having all these offers because it lets me know my hard work is paying off,” Shazier said. “I also like knowing I have a lot of options to make it to the next level. And it’s good to know I have the opportunity to pursue life at the next level after high school.”
Shazier said he intends on making his decision sometime during his senior season.