Checking In With Commit Ryan Malleck

TSR caught up with Maryland commitment Ryan Malleck to find out what led to his commitment.

Since Ryan Malleck’s junior football season, he has been receiving offers from impressive programs. However, when the University of Maryland first contacted Point Pleasant High School’s 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end, the school quickly, “Jumped to the top of my list,” said Malleck.

Malleck, who received offers from Maryland, Rutgers, UConn, Virginia, N.C. State, Central Florida, Army, and Navy; always has an inclination he would be a Terp. “Ever since the beginning, I knew I wanted to go to Maryland,” Malleck explained.

Beginning September first of Malleck’s junior year (the start of the recruitment period), the senior tight end has been in frequent contact with coach Donavan, assistant coach Franklin, and head coach Friedgen. The university coaching staff recruited Malleck vigorously subsequent to his signing, "They told me they had one of the best recruiting classes that they had attracted in years and that I could make it that much stronger,” Malleck added. “The coaches told me that they believe they have a chance to win the ACC title, that really impressed me.”

However impressive the coaching staff’s pitch may have seemed to the recruit, it was the coaches themselves that closed the deal for Malleck on the University, “The coaching staff is really what sold me on Maryland,” said Ryan. “Ever since day one I felt very comfortable with them, our relationship really helped me make my decision.”

Although the recruit did not need much more to solidify his decision, his visit to the college park campus further reinforced his affection towards the school, “I loved the campus. It’s one of the nicest schools I have ever seen,” said Malleck. “The facilities are awesome, the stadium is huge, and being close to a large city is a big plus.”

According to Malleck, the coaches believe the tight end will fit very well in the Maryland offense, “They definitely want to spread me out wide and let me stretch the field,” Malleck explained. “The coaches are smart. The see the possibility of mismatches and want to put me up against linebackers, so I can take advantage of my height and speed.” The senior recruit sighted his ability to stretch the field as his best asset, “I have ran a 4.46-second forty-yard dash,” the tight end continued, “That speed and my height really give me the upper hand in one-on-one coverage.”

Now that Malleck has made his decision on where he will play at the next level, he is trying to focus on the upcoming football season, “I’ve been doing a lot of lifting and speed training. It’s important for me to have a good final season as a High School athlete,” said Malleck.

As for his decision to attend Maryland, Malleck couldn’t be happier, “I just love everything about Maryland, it’s definitely the place for me,” Malleck continued. “I can’t wait to run out onto the field for the first game; it will be a dream come true.”

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