James Coughlin (Wilkes Barre, Pa.) class of 2017 offensive guard Ryan Solt ventured down to Maryland’s one-day camp June 14 with the intention of landing his first scholarship offer. And following a standout performance during one-on-ones and drill work, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder indeed pulled the coveted verbal from his father’s alma mater.
“This is just surreal for me right now; I’ve been dreaming about my first scholarship offer for years, so to finally get it, and to get it from the school my dad went to, just wow,” said Solt, the son of former Terps great Ron Solt. “I’m very, very happy right now, and I was so hungry to get that first offer. I honestly can’t say enough about Coach [Randy] Edsall and Maryland. This is just great.”
Solt called the one-day “amazing,” saying he enjoyed working with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and competing against various other prospects. He said he performed well all-around, drawing plenty of praise from numerous staff members.
“I went at it 100 percent, and it paid off,” Solt said. “I had a great time, and I loved the Maryland coaches. Coach Stud, his charisma and his knowledge of the game, it’s amazing. I really like Coach Stud a lot. He said I had a really good camp, he loved my intensity and physicality, and he’d love to work with me in the future.”
Following the camp, Solt figured the staff would have to evaluate him further. He and his parents were about leave College Park, Md., but Edsall told him to hold up.
“So then Coach Edsall takes me around on his golf cart and I got a tour of the facilities, the campus, the weight room, and took a bunch of pictures in the Maryland jerseys,” Solt said. “It was great; Maryland has a great campus, the new facilities they’re building are going to be second to none, and I loved all the Under Armour gear too. It’s a really great place and a great location.
“But then when I was done the tour, Coach Edsall was like, ‘There’s no need to beat around the bush, I want to offer you a scholarship.’”
Which left Solt almost dumbfounded. The Keystone State guard said the feeling of pulling in his first scholarship offer was practically indescribably, and he’ll continue to keep the moment, and Maryland, in mind moving forward.
“I really, really like Maryland. It’s a great school, great academics, it’s in the Big Ten and it’s not far from home. And it was my first offer,” Solt said. “Obviously my dad played there, but that was 30-some years ago and he’s not pushing me to go there. I kind of want to build my own legacy and not just go to a college because he went there, but I do like Maryland lot. I have to take some more visits and see what else comes in, but Maryland is high up there right now.”
Next up for Solti are one-days at Syracuse June 22 and Penn State June 26. He’s already attended camps at Pitt and Boston College, both of which are considering offering.
“BC was a really good came, and both the O-line coach and head coach said I looked good,” Solt said. “And Pitt, it was the same thing. It was a great experience and they said they’re looking forward to seeing me develop this year.”
Solt is hoping the Nittany Lions’ camp results in a scholarship. Growing up in PSU country, Solt didn’t hide his affinity for State College, Pa.
“I grew up a Nittany Lion. I’ve been to Penn State games, and I love Penn State,” Solt said. “But I’m telling you, I’m still open in the process and right now I really like Maryland. I’m not committing until I’m absolutely certain of the school I’m going to. It’s going to be a long process.”
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