Jake Ryan: From Sleeper to the Big House

Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Jake Ryan burst onto the scene this year with an All-State season. This weekend, he was rewarded for that with a Michigan offer, one he accepted.

Jake Ryan's official visit to Michigan this weekend was everything he hoped it would be.

"It all went real well," he said. "I liked the academics a lot. The Michigan name is a big part of it and the coaches and players were amazing."

All that added up to Ryan knowing that Michigan was the place he wanted to be and the Wolverines gave him the opportunity when they offered him a scholarship after his visit.

"They offered me and I committed. I loved the coaches and Coach Rodriguez. It's also great to get a degree from them. It's great to have it from a great school. I'm going to major in business, but I might switch to sports management."

The 6'3, 220-lb Ryan says the Wolverines are going to play him on the outside, where he lined up for St. Ignatius. The player next to him in high school was Scott McVey, an Ohio State commitment and the two current teammates will now be on opposite sides of one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

"I was actually with him last night and we talked about it," Ryan said. "It's funny because it's such a huge rivalry game, but he's a great linebacker and I wish him all the best."

With this commitment, Ryan has gone from rising sleeper to Big Ten football player.

"My junior year, I didn't play as much because I was injured," he explained. "I got some offers this summer from MAC schools, but I always thought I could get something bigger, especially after my senior year because I thought I did better as a senior than junior."

The Wolverines validated Ryan's feelings and now, just weeks before Signing Day, he finally knows where he is headed.

"It is a life changing event."

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