"Ryan has verbaled to NC State," said his father, Jack Cheek. "Ryan had originally wanted to wait until the summer before committing, but he felt really at home at NC State.
"The thing was he felt comfortable there without football. I asked him if it wasn't for football which school would he want to go to and he said NC State. He ended up calling coach O'Brien and giving his commitment."
At 6-1, 230 pounds, Cheek has emerged as one of Ohio's top linebacker prospects. Last season he tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions en route to all-conference, all-district and all-state honors. When he wasn't making plays on defense, Cheek lined up at quarterback in certain situations and had his best game as a junior against Kilbourne High School when he rushed for 140 yards and three scores. This coming season, Cheek will play full time at both linebacker and quarterback.
Recruited primarily as a linebacker for college, Cheek landed early offers from NC State, Cincinnati, Maryland, Akron, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, and Kent. The rising senior made his way to Raleigh for a spring practice and was back in town for the Wolfpack's Red-White game. Cheek said State's facilities and staff have been impressive.
"The first thing that really stuck out with NC State was the football facilities," said Cheek. "That really stuck out. And then the coaches, I really like the coaches. The spring game was great. The hail Mary at the end was pretty cool. I just liked watching how the coaches interact with the players and then I had a chance to be around the players which was most important, just to see if you like being around the players."
Cheek is being recruited by NC State OL coach Don Horton but had a chance to spend some time with his potential future position coach, Andy McCollum, while on his initial trip to State.
"Me and my dad, the first time we went down, we went in coach McCollum's office and probably talked for 45 minutes to an hour," said Cheek. "He seemed like a great guy to be around as a coach and a great role model."
Cheek is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 31 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com. Pack Pride will have more on his commitment in the near future so stay tuned!