Ryan Still Undecided

Cleveland, Ohio defensive end John Ryan is down to his final two schools. The 6-5, 230-pound Ryan is trying to make his final decision, but the Cleveland St. Ignatius star is having trouble doing just that. We spoke with Ryan on Tuesday to get the latest on his decision.

Defensive end prospect John Ryan recently visited Notre Dame for an unofficial visit.

"It was great," said Ryan of his Notre Dame visit. "I loved it. It was everything I thought it would be."

We asked John what he did on his unofficial visit.

"I talked with several coaches, but coach Weis wanted it to be more about the other part of Notre Dame, the academics," he said. "I met some academic people, and I got to meet some of the players and just tour the campus."

Ryan said he spoke with a lot of players while at Notre Dame.

"I talked to a bunch of guys," he said. "Brady Quinn, Victor (Abiamiri), I met a lot of guys. I mainly sat down with Victor though and talked to him.

"It was great to sit down and kind of pick their brains on what they thought of Notre Dame and get their thoughts on everything."

Ryan says the race is still very close between Boston College and Notre Dame.

"It's dead even," he said. "It's really that close. It's tough because I'm really struggling with trying to decide. I don't want to make a decision until I'm 100 percent sure and I'm not completely sure on what I want to do yet."

Is he leaning towards one school and just doesn't want to give it away?

"No, I'd tell you if I were," he said. "It's just that close."

When will he be making his decision?

"I don't want to put a time limit on it because I really don't know," he said. "If I could make it right now, I'd love to tell you. I just don't know.

"I know I said I wanted to do it by the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, and I hope I can do it by then. But I'm not going to rush it and feel I have to make a decision. I hope I can make it by then."

One factor is Boston College's favor is their signing of Ryan's good friend, linebacker Jim Ramella, in their 2005 class.

"That is a plus for them," said Ryan when asked if Ramella signing with Boston College might be a factor in his decision. "Jim has kind of been a mentor to me.

"He lives four or five houses down from me and we've been friends for a long time. That would be a comfort factor knowing he was there, but Notre Dame has a lot of positives, too."

Comments: Ryan seems very torn with his decision. I really think think this could go either way at this point. Ryan did grow up a Notre Dame fan, and has said to me in the past that turning down Notre Dame would be hard to do, but Boston College is very much in this race for his signature. His decision might take longer than initially expected.

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