Dennis Fithian: Ryan Mundy joins us here on Ticket 1050. Ryan, how are you doing?
Ryan Mundy: Good. How are you doing?
DF: I'm doing fantastic. Congratulations on signing your letter of intent today with Michigan.
RM: Thank you! Thank you!
DF: Hey Ryan, we had heard about you for a long time. Everybody sort of follows it year by year in the recruiting game, but people well aware of Steve Breaston and last year at this time Steve said, well, we've got another guy that next year you guys should be aware of and that's Ryan Mundy. Was that sort of how you noticed Michigan? You were aware of them because you had the guy before you going there and then it was kind of an easy transition to see what was going on there and then you were able to talk with Steve and see what was going on a year before you?
RM: Oh yeah, definitely. I mean, we had Steve and we also had an offensive lineman, Brian Borgoyn, and they were recruited and it just gave me a chance to see what they went through, the plusses and minuses and also the decisions they made and who they bonded with and who they didn't. It did give me a really good feel, so the second time around I knew what I was doing.
DF: Now you're going to make it tough on the coaches because you did so well on the offensive side so the big argument about you was not whether you were going to make it on this level, it was gonna be on which side of the ball. You wanna play defense?
RM: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm going up to Michigan to play free safety and whatever happens, happens. I mean, I just want to establish myself as a defensive back first and then possibly (play) some offense later on in my career.
DF: Yeah, you like getting the football in your hands?
RM: Yeah, definitely, definitely that's the fun part.
DF: Was it a factor at all that Steve came here the year before? Are you friends with him?
RM: No, not at all. I mean, I'm my own man. I've got to make my own decisions. Before this thing even started, Steve told me to make my own decision, so I just kind of stuck to that and then I just did what I wanted to do. I was really looking for a home away from home and Michigan fit that perfectly, so I decided on Michigan.
DF: Tell us about Coach Austin who recruited you and he'll also be your position coach. That has to be nice that the guy who recruited you is also your position coach. What's he telling you and what's he like?
RM: Definitely. Coach Austin is a great guy. I mean, he's a heck of a man and he's, like, real easy to relate to and I found that we had a real bond. I mean, a lot of coaches, they just talk about football and other stuff, but I talked to Coach Austin about a whole bunch of different stuff. He was very easy to relate to and talk to and with him being my position coach, that makes it even better.
DF: Well, I'll tell you what's going to be an easy transition for you…I know you like the Winged Helmet. I'm looking at a picture of you in the Ann Arbor News, you guys have the winged helmet.
RM: Yeah, yeah, I'm kind of used to that already.
DF: Ryan Mundy with us here on Ticket 1050. Ryan, what are your other interests, Ryan. What other things do you like doing besides playing football.
RM: I like playing PlayStation. Everybody plays Madden around here so we play Madden. I like listening to music, hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family.
DF: Alright, what does Ryan Mundy play before a football game to get him fired up? What kind of music?
RM: I like most of the rappers. Jay-Z, so I'm going to have to go with Jay-Z. Any Jay-Z CD I'm going to listen to before the game.
DF: Well, I'll give you thumbs up on that if he's able to pull somebody like Beyonce. Somebody like that.
RM: (laughs) Yeah, yeah. I know, I know. He's the man!
DF: Ryan Mundy, just a couple more minutes here on Ticket 1050, you know guys don't like to talk about themselves and how they play out on the football field – we haven't seen, but people here know about Steve Breaston. What kind of player is he? I mean, he was playing quarterback for you guys, right?
RM: Steve is just a special player. I mean, he was just a special player - I saw him do things with the football that I've never seen done before, especially at the quarterback position. He was just so graceful with what he did and he had the ball in his hands every play, so it was like natural to him. He just did some crazy stuff, man. A lot of people if they haven't seen him play, so they're just like – there's a lot of things they miss about him. But he's the real deal. He's going to make his mark, so I can't wait to see what he does at the next level because I've already seen him at the high school level and I'm just anxious to see what he does next year.
DF: Was he the toughest guy…you've matched up with him, I'm sure, in practice a couple of times?
RM: Yeah, we went at it a couple of times in practice. You know, he got his in and I got mine in, but we're going to keep that under lid. But, yeah, he's a great competitor and he's a great guy – he's one of my closest friends, so I look forward to playing with him for the next four years.
DF: Well, certainly when you're playing on the same team it doesn't matter because you're going against the other guys now.
RM: Yeah, yeah, definitely. He made me better and I made him better just a little bit, so…
DF: Alright, well, Ryan, we appreciate it and we look forward to you coming down and you might not be a mystery because you might get on the playing field right away.
RM: Yeah, hopefully, hopefully. I'm going to work my hardest. I've already been running and lifting, I'm trying to get on the field as early as possible.
DF: Alright, Ryan, we appreciate your time and congratulations on signing with Michigan.
RM: Alright. Thank you!
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