After landing a solid group of offensive linemen in the class of 2008, NC State still needs to add talent at that position and has extended offers to several prospects. One of those to receive a pledge from the Wolfpack coaching staff is OL Ryan Spiker from Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, Ohio.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 30 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com, Spiker has a solid junior campaign en route to all-league and all-district honors. Playing in an offense that was solid at both running and passing the football, the rising senior has been able to hone his skills in the run game as well as in pass protection. His potential has caught the eye of numerous college coaches and he recently hit the double digit mark in scholarship offers with pledges on the table from NC State, Ohio, Miami (Ohio), Indiana, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Buffalo, Bowling Green and Michigan State. He’s also receiving steady interest from Alabama, Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue.
At 6-4, 295 pounds, Spiker projects as an offensive guard on the next level. While he’s open to nearly all schools, several reports have detailed his interest in Ohio State. He recently told Pack Pride that Buckeyes have stayed in touch but any decision on an offer won’t be made until later in the summer.
“I like Ohio State but they’ve told me that they want me to come to camp so they can see me run around and decide whether or not they want to offer me. I’ll be camping there in June.”
NC State is a school that would like to sway Spiker out of Ohio although he admits there’s still much to learn about the Wolfpack football program.
“To be honest I don’t know a lot about them right now but they’re a school I want to find out more about. I’m planning to come down this summer and visit State and Wake Forest since they’re in the same state.
“I think it’s a situation where I’d really like a chance just to come down there and meet the coaches in person because that’s going to be the biggest factor in my decision- just having coaches that I get along with.”
This summer Spiker has camps scheduled with Illinois and Ohio State. If everything goes well, he’d like to have a commitment made by the end of the summer.
“I would probably like to make a decision before my senior season just so I could focus on football but I’ll just have to see how it goes.”