At 6'4", Stanchek has put on some weight since we last spoke with him and is now tipping the scales at 260. He camped at Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, and attended the Nike combine at Blacksburg, VA this summer. He ran his fastest forty at OSU with a 5.03. Stanchek already has offers from NC State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and some of the MAC schools.
"Ohio State is a cool place," explains Stanchek, "I like Coach Heacock (defensive line). He is my recruiting guy. He is really cool with me and I liked working with Coach Bollman (offensive line). Ohio State is really high on my list right now. Coach Heacock said they would get back to me and said to just do really well in the beginning of the season. Right now, I'm just ready to play."
Stanchek says he performed well at camp, but says he is more of a football player than a drills guy. He feels he executes better on the field in a game situation.
"Coach Bollman showed us a few things that were unique that I had never seen before," says Stanchek. "He showed us some unique blocking techniques, which I have been working on so I can use them this season."
It goes without saying Stanchek is a hard worker considering he played both ways last season with both offensive and defensive responsibilities. This was challenging for Stanchek, but he feels this only made him a better player.
With a new head coach at the helm, Stanchek will be playing mostly offense this season since he is projected as a guard in college. The coaching staff plans on grooming him into player who knows his position inside and out. "I have been studying my zones and my opponents; and I have just been trying to get smarter as a player. Playing both ways last season prepared me well for this season because it makes only playing offense seem easy now," he explains.
Stanchek has good size, but he is young and could develop even more as he gets older. He just turned 17 at the end of June and is young for the average senior in high school. "I need to get bigger. Most of the guys are huge. I mean, I'm not undersized, but I just need to keep working on strength and keeping at it in the weight room," says Stanchek.
Stanchek recorded 6.5 sacks last season, and is looking forward to making a run at the state title this season. He was named 1st Team of the Greater Catholic League, Honorable All–City (Cincinnati), and Honorable All SW Ohio. "We're going to be good this year, but we have a tough schedule. We have to play state champions Elder and we have Hamilton. They have some good players like Adell Givens and Brandon Underwood (recently committed to the Buckeyes). Brandon's cool, I'm friends with him."
Stanchek is also an Honor Roll student and plays basketball for LaSalle in addition to throwing the discus for the LaSalle track team.
With a strong showing at the beginning of the 2003 season, Ryan Stanchek could receive an offer from the Buckeyes. Regardless, any school that get Stanchek is getting a dedicated player who is committed to win. As he says, "I do whatever I can within the rules to win."