Bloom-Carroll High School (Ohio)
HT: 6'4" – WT: 210 – 40: 5.0
The goal entering late spring and early summer was simple. Attend enough college camps to show coaches he possessed the ability to play at their level. After nine camps and countless hours of driving across the Midwest, Ryan Hughes has a couple of programs showing interest but holds not a single offer.
But while most high school seniors-to-be would be upset Hughes knows there is still time to show coaches the skills that helped him produce some nice numbers as a junior. Passing for 2,683 yards while hitting 57% of his passes is proof enough Hughes knows what to do with the football, now it's just a question of if he passes all the other test college coaches have.
On film you find a quarterback that knows where his receivers are to be in a spread attack. You also find a player with a quick but soft release that can thread the needle over the middle, hit the out pattern or set up a quick screen play with the best of them. While his ball is delivered to its mark, it lacks the zip and a tight spiral you look for in a quarterback to play at the next level. But what I do see is knowledge of the position and at the next level that is very important.
Ryan's former head coach Jeff Pica praised his young gunslinger for his work in the film room and you can see that in the way he performs on tape. The question now is how Ryan performs in a different offense as Bloom-Carroll has a new head coach in Mike Burkhardt who will install a strong running attack and get rid of the spread. Burkhardt comes from Fisher Catholic High School where he found success going 38-11 overall since 2003 and reaching the second round of the playoffs in each season.
But while it's still too early to tell if an offer will come from those at the Division One level, Hughes is going to find the going tough as Ohio has several quarterbacks looking for their first offers as the attention has centered only on a handful of them.
You can view Ryan's film by clicking on the following link.