Ryan Wants To Be A Husker

James Ryan talks about his visits to Illinois and Notre Dame. James says he'd like to commit early and that's where Nebraska comes in.

James Ryan, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound, offensive lineman from Batavia, Illinois will be highly recruited in 2002. Ryan just received his first scholarship offer.

"Illinois offered me a scholarship," Ryan said. "I like Illinois. I've been there a few times and they have a nice campus and facilities.

"I went to Notre Dame yesterday and I thought the campus was very nice. It just didn't seem like the place for me. Notre Dame is a great place it's just not for everyone.

"I'd like to commit early and if Nebraska offered me a scholarship, I'd probably commit on the spot. I camped at Nebraska last year and it was awesome. The facilities, the coaches and the tradition are all top notch.

"I love the Nebraska strength program. They have a strength coach for every position."

Which other schools are in the running for Ryan's services.

"I don't know about Michigan anymore. I just found out that Michigan doesn't incorporate free weights into their training. I'm a big power-lifter and I want to be able to use free weights.

"Obviously Illinois is up there now and so are Penn State and Wisconsin. Purdue and Boston College are contacting me a lot but Iowa has been by far recruiting me the hardest."

Purdue and Nebraska are scheduled to visit Ryan's school today. Michigan assistant coach Andy Moeller was at Batavia last Friday.

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